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 - four**th**

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.

- fir
**st**- 1st - seco
**nd**- 2nd - thi
**rd**- 3rd - four
**th**- 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 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:

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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**Write the date as a word.** November 5.

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correct answers.