- How to Write Ordinal Numbers
- Ordinal Numbers: An Overview
In the English language, ordinal numbers are numbers that we use to put things into order, show a sequence or say the date.
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.
four - fourth
To create an ordinal number, we add th to the number four.
Rule 2: There are several exceptions in the English language when it comes to writing ordinal numbers. Here are the ordinal 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.
three hundred and twenty-first
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
Rule 4: We use ordinal numbers to say the date.
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.
She used to live on the eleventh floor.
Eleventh is an ordinal number 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:
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth the Second
Note: In spoken English, we add the definite article the before the ordinal number.
Ordinal Numbers: An Overview
Here is a brief overview of the English ordinal numbers, both numeral and spelled out.
|hundred and first||101st|
|hundred and fifty-second||152nd|
Write the date as a word. November 5.