@Ted-TexasUSA because it starts in 1900 and finishes in 1999. So "nine hundred" ("Novecento") is the common word in all the dates. I reckon it is similar to "in the eighties" to talk about years from 1980 to 1989. Hope it is clear
@danasauro Grazie. It appears that "Novecento" is equivalent to "1900's" in English; and, "Twentieth Century" is equivalent to "Ventesimo Secolo." The first is for the number of the years, and the latter is for the number of the centuries. Corretto? ~Ted
It is a choice of who has translated the title. Also in Italian "Twentieth Century" translates into "XX (ventesimo) secolo". In the title of the book since the twentieth century goes from 1990 to 1999, they wrote "Novecento" meaning '900. Attention they must be written with the apostrophe, otherwise with 900 they mean the X (tenth) century 900-999 ;-)
You can say "Twentieth Century" (ventesimo secolo) when talking about the 1900s. We use that, too. "Novecento" simply means "nine hundred", and we use it to talk about the 1900s because, well, the twentieth century is the period that starts in 1900 and ends in 1999. The same thing happens for the other centuries, too. We say "Ottocento" when talking about the 1800s, "Settecento" when talking about the 1700s, and so on. Remember to use the capital letter because Novecento (1900s) without the capital letter can be confused with the X century (decimo secolo).
I agree with heartbz; the first century began on year 01 and ended on year 99, so the twentieth century = ventesimo secolo, goes from 1900 to 1999. When we refer to the year we say of course 1900 (millenovecento), 1901 (millenovecentouno) and so on. We often refer to the century, both in spoken and written italian, using the first year of the century and without rhe millennium. So the century that goes from 1900 to 1999 becomes "il novecento" (900).
@Ted-TexasUSA we say "the tenth century" (il decimo secolo) to talk about it. We have a double option starting from 1200-1299 that could be "il tredicesimo secolo" or "il duecento" and so on. 1300-1399 can be "il quattordicesimo secolo" or "il Trecento". and so mo
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