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12 / 02 / 2004

RECYCLING-4 (ORDINAL NUMBERS): meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's recycled Daily Vitamin was originally sent on the 10th of December, 2003. Although it may look familiar and you may already "know it", I encourage you to read it again and make sure it is completely clear. I hope you find it helpful...again. ;-)


Numbers are one of the most difficult things about learning a foreign language. Even very advanced students of English often have trouble with numbers like 1,568 (one thousand five hundred and sixty-eight) or 113,486 (one hundred and thirteen thousand four hundred and eighty-six). However, if you know normal cardinal numbers, the ordinal numbers are easy.

First (1st)
Second (2nd)
Third (3rd)
Fourth (4th)
Fifth (5th)
Sixth (6th)
Seventh (7th)
Eighth (8th)
Ninth (9th)
Tenth (10th)
Eleventh (11th)
Twelfth (12th)
Thirteenth (13th)

After 'third' (3rd) we only need to add 'th' to the cardinal number (sometimes with spelling changes). This is true even for very large numbers:

31st (thirty-first)
42nd (forty-second)
103rd (one hundred and third)


34th (thirty-fourth)
55th (fifty-fifth)
1,568th (one thousand five hundred and sixty-eighth)
113,486th (one hundred and thirteen thousand four hundred and eighty-sixth)

Have a good day!