39 Numbers – Ordinal


Ordinal Numbers express numerical sequences, positioning elements in a list.

Ordinal Numbers are usually followed by the definite article “the” and they are usually placed after the verb.

Ordinal Numbers usually have this structure:
Cardinal number + th*.


1st* first
2nd* second
3rd* third
4th fourth
5th fifth
6th sixth
7th seventh
8th eighth
9th ninth
10th tenth

*1, 2 and 3 are the only exceptions.

  • It’s my second time in Sweden.
  • He was the first on the list.
  • Our house is the fourth on the left.

We use Ordinal Numbers to show the position of something.

Unlike Cardinal Numbers, which are used to express the quantity of something, they express numerical sequences.

Ordinal Numbers differ from cardinal numbers as they are used to position elements on a list.

Ordinal Numbers tend to have the following structure:
Cardinal number + th. 

NOTE: 1, 2, 3 are exceptions (as the Ordinal Numbers for these are first, second and third).

For example:
— “I’ve been to Spain five times.” (Five = Cardinal number).
> “It’s my fifth time in Spain.” (Fifth = Ordinal number).

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