# Fourty vs. Forty — Which is Correct Spelling?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Updated on March 29, 2024
"Fourty" is an incorrect spelling. The correct form is "forty," representing the number 40.

## Which is correct: Fourty or Forty

How to spell Forty?

### Fourty

Incorrect Spelling

Correct Spelling

## Key Differences

Think of “fort” as in a stronghold, followed by a “y.”
Unlike "four," "forty" removes the “u.”
Recall that "fourteen" has a "u," but "forty" doesn't.
“Four” has "u," but “forty” does not—like "twelve" to "twentieth."
Count from one to forty aloud; you’ll never say “four-ty.”

## How Do You Spell Forty Correctly?

Incorrect: She saved fourty dollars for her new game.
Correct: She saved forty dollars for her new game.
Incorrect: They walked fourty minutes to get to the park.
Correct: They walked forty minutes to get to the park.
Incorrect: The recipe called for fourty grams of sugar.
Correct: The recipe called for forty grams of sugar.
Incorrect: My grandmother is fourty-nine years old.
Correct: My grandmother is forty-nine years old.
Incorrect: He thought there were fourty chairs in the room.
Correct: He thought there were forty chairs in the room.

## Forty Definitions

The cardinal number between thirty-nine and forty-one.
She bought forty apples for the event.
Representing the number 40 in words.
He turned forty last month.
Indicating decades of life or history.
Life begins at forty.
Used to describe a set of that number.
The book contained forty stories.
A symbol denoting forty units.
The score was forty to thirty in favor of the home team.
The cardinal number equal to 4 × 10.
A decade or the numbers from 40 to 49
They stopped smoking in their forties. At night the temperature fell into the forties.
Often Forties The decade from 40 to 49 in a century.
The cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine and before forty-one.
(slang) A bottle of beer containing forty fluid ounces.
Four times ten; thirty-nine and one more.
The sum of four tens; forty units or objects.
A symbol expressing forty units; as, 40, or xl.
The cardinal number that is the product of ten and four
Being ten more than thirty

## Forty Meaning in a Sentence

She bought forty pencils for the class.
Forty people attended the meeting.
The temperature reached forty degrees Celsius.
It took him forty days to complete the project.
The marathon is forty kilometers long.
Forty participants were selected for the study.
She practiced for forty minutes every day.
He found forty seashells on the beach.
She ran forty laps around the track.
They live forty miles away from the city.
The ancient fortress was built in the forty-first century BCE.
The puzzle has forty pieces.
Forty students signed up for the chess club.
She spent forty dollars on groceries.
Forty countries participated in the event.
The recipe needs forty milliliters of olive oil.
Forty volunteers helped clean the park.
They sailed forty nautical miles.
He's read forty books this year.
Forty birds were spotted during the birdwatch.
The library has forty new books this month.
The tree was planted forty years ago.
He waited forty minutes for the bus.
The building has forty floors.

## Forty Idioms & Phrases

#### Forty winks

A short nap.
He took forty winks after lunch to feel refreshed for the meeting.

## Common Curiosities

#### What is the root word of forty?

The root word is "four."

#### What is the singular form of forty?

Forty is both singular and plural in form.

#### Which conjunction is used with forty?

Conjunctions like "and" can be used, depending on context.

#### Why is it called forty?

It derives from Old English "feowertig," related to the base for four.

#### What is the verb form of forty?

Forty is not a verb and doesn't have a verb form.

No.

/ˈfɔːrti/

#### Which vowel is used before forty?

The vowel "a" as in "a forty."

No.

#### What is the plural form of forty?

Forty has no plural form; numbers don't change in plural.

"for."

4-0 (four-zero).

#### Which preposition is used with forty?

Depends on the context; "over" as in "over forty" is common.

#### Which article is used with forty?

"A" as in "a forty-year-old."

No.

#### Is the forty term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but can be used metaphorically.

Two.

#### What is the opposite of forty?

There isn't a direct opposite for numbers, but in some contexts, "negative forty" might serve.

No.

#### Which determiner is used with forty?

"Some" as in "some forty people."

#### What is the first form of forty?

Forty doesn't have verb forms.

N/A.

#### Is forty a noun or adjective?

Forty can be both a noun and an adjective.

No.

for-ty.

N/A.

Neutral.

#### Is forty a vowel or consonant?

"Forty" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.

#### How is forty used in a sentence?

"She read forty pages of the book before sleeping."

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