Unit 7.2

# Numbers – Ordinal

Numbers

**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** are made by adding **-th*** to the **cardinal numbers**.

## 1-10

DIGIT FORM |
LETTER FORM |

1st* | first |

2nd* | second |

3rd* | third |

4th | fourth |

5th* | fifth |

6th | sixth |

7th | seventh |

8th* | eighth |

9th* | ninth |

10th | tenth |

*The exceptions (Also twelve = twelfth).

- 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** are made by adding **-th** to the **cardinal numbers**.

For example:

— “*It’s my fifth time in Spain.*” = This is the current number of times that I’m in Spain (

**Fifth**= ordinal number).

♦ “

*I’ve been to Spain*” = The total number of times I’m in Spain (

**five**times.**Five**= cardinal number).

NOTE: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9 and 12 are exceptions (as the **ordinal numbers** for these are first, second, third, fifth, eighth, ninth and twelfth).

Let’s revise this content within the **[Form]** section. Take a look at the **[Example]** section that shows its use within a context.