39 Numbers – Ordinal


Unlike cardinal numbers, which are used to express the quantity of something, Ordinal Numbers express numerical sequences, positioning elements in a list.

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

1, 2 and 3 are the only exceptions.


1st first
2nd second
3rd third
4th fourth
5th fifth
6th sixth
7th seventh
8th eighth
9th ninth
10th tenth
  • It’s my second time in Sweden.
  • He was the first on the list.
  • Our house is the fourth on the left.

These are the main characteristcs of Ordinal Numbers:

  • Ordinal Numbers are usually placed after the verb;
  • We usually use the definite article the before an Ordinal Number;
  • We use Ordinal Numbers to show the position of something.

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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