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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), thirty-five (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 twenty-first  
22nd the twenty-second ...
23rd the twenty-third ...
24th the twenty-fourth ...
25th the twenty-fifth ...
26th the twenty-sixth ...
27th the twenty-seventh ...
28th the twenty-eighth ...
29th the twenty-ninth ...
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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Practise Your English

This traditional Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas uses lots of ordinal numbers.

For homework, practise your ordinal numbers:-

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