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Unit 5  Lesson 22  Ordinal numbers (1  1000)
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You should already be able to count up to 1000 in English. The ordinary "cardinal" numbers were covered in Lessons 5, 15 and 20.
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Ordinal Numbers
Cardinal numbers express quantity: two (2), thirtyfive (35) etc...
Ordinal numbers indicate order or rank: first (1st), second (2nd), third (3rd) etc...
The definite article "the" normally goes in front of an ordinal number: e.g. "Queen Elizabeth the second."
For most ordinal numbers, the ending 'th' is used, with one or two exceptions for those inevitable irregular numbers:
CARDINAL NUMERAL

IN WORDS

ORDINAL NUMERAL

IN WORDS


1

one

1st

the first

2

two

2nd

the second

3

three

3rd

the third

4

four

4th

the fourth

5

five

5th

the fifth

6

six

6th

the sixth

7

seven

7th

the seventh

8

eight

8th

the eighth

9

nine

9th

the ninth

10

ten

10th

the tenth

Learn your ordinal numbers (requires Real Player Basic )
Ordinal numbers 1 to 19
In figures  In words  Pronounce It 

1st  the first  1st 
2nd  the second  2nd 
3rd  the third  3rd 
4th  the fourth  4th 
5th  the fifth  5th 
6th  the sixth  6th 
7th  the seventh  7th 
8th  the eighth  8th 
9th  the ninth  9th 
10th  the tenth  10th 
11th  the eleventh  11th 
12th  the twelfth  12th 
13th  the thirteenth  13th 
14th  the fourteenth  14th 
15th  the fifteenth  15th 
16th  the sixteenth  16th 
17th  the seventeenth  17th 
18th  the eighteenth  18th 
19th  the nineteenth  19th 
Ordinal numbers such as 21st, 33rd etc are formed by combining a CARDINAL ten with an ORDINAL unit.
The "y" of "twenty", "thirty", "forty", etc. is changed to "ieth":
In figures  In words  Pronounce It 

20th  the twentieth  20th 
21st  the twentyfirst  
22nd  the twentysecond  ... 
23rd  the twentythird  ... 
24th  the twentyfourth  ... 
25th  the twentyfifth  ... 
26th  the twentysixth  ... 
27th  the twentyseventh  ... 
28th  the twentyeighth  ... 
29th  the twentyninth  ... 
30th  the thirtieth  30th 
40th  the fortieth  40th 
50th  the fiftieth  50th 
60th  the sixtieth  60th 
70th  the seventieth  70th 
80th  the eightieth  80th 
90th  the ninetieth  90th 
100th  the hundredth  100th 
101st  the hundred and first  ... 
1000th  the thousandth  1000th 
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This traditional Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas uses lots of ordinal numbers.
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