# Ordinal Numbers

CONTENT

In the English language, ordinal numbers are numbers that we use to put things into order, show a sequence or say the date.

Native

Translation

It is my second car.

Second is an ordinal number used to show sequence.

## How to Write Ordinal Numbers

Rule 1: To write ordinal numbers we just add th to a regular number.

Example

Explanation

four - fourth

To create an ordinal number, we add th to the number four.

### Exceptions

Rule 2: There are several exceptions in the English language when it comes writing ordial numbers. Here are the ordial numbers you need to learn by heart:

• one - first
• two - second
• three - third
• five - fifth
• eight - eighth
• nine - ninth
• twelve - twelfth

Note: In large numbers, we change only the last numeral to an ordinal number.

Native

Translation

321

three hundred and twenty-first

## Numerals

Rule 3: To turn ordinal numbers into numerals, we add the last two letters of the written number to the numeral.

• first - 1st
• second - 2nd
• third - 3rd
• fourth - 4th

## Usage

Rule 4: We use ordinal numbers to say the date.

Example

Explanation

Today's the fourth of May.

Fourth is an ordinal number.

Rule 5: We use ordinal numbers to make lists and enumerations or to put things in an order.

Example

Explanation

She used to live on the eleventh floor.

Eleventh is an ordinal numer used in enumeration.

Rule 6: In titles (e.g. kings and queens), ordinal numbers are written as Roman numerals. In Spoken English, we add the definite article before the ordinal number:

Native

Translation

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth the Second

Note: In spoken English, we add the definite article the before the ordinal number.

## Quiz

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