Ordinal Numbers for beginners
Imagine that you are on a list and you want to know where you are standing. To refer to that number, we use 'ordinal numbers.'
What are Ordinal Numbers?
We use ordinal numbers to show someone or something’s place on a list or an order.
How to Write Ordinal Numbers: 1-3
When we write ordinal numbers, one, two, and three have different forms.
Ordinal numbers Written | Ordinal numbers (numerals) | cardinal numbers |
---|---|---|
First | 1st | 1 |
Second | 2nd | 2 |
Third | 3rd | 3 |
How To Write Ordinal Numbers: 4-10
To make numbers like four, five, six, and so on into ordinal numbers, add 'th' to the end.
Written | Numeral |
---|---|
Four |
4th |
Fif |
5th |
Six |
6th |
Seven |
7th |
Eigh |
8th |
Nin |
9th |
Ten |
10th |
Tip!
There are some spellings changes. For example:
Five+th → fif
Nine +th → nin
How to Write Ordinal Numbers: 11-20
Numbers like eleven, twelve, thirteen, …. also get “th” at the end.
Written | Numeral |
---|---|
Eleven |
11th |
Twelf |
12th |
Thirteen |
13th |
Fourteen |
14th |
Fifteen |
15th |
Sixteen |
16th |
Seventeen |
17th |
Eighteen |
18th |
Nineteen |
19th |
Twentie |
20th |
Tip!
Once again, pay attention to the spelling changes. For example:
twelve + th → twelf
twenty + th → twentie
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