Numbers

The Quantifiers: talking about numbers in English

CARDINAL and ORDINAL NUMBERS

  • The cardinal numbers (one, two, three, etc.) are adjectives referring to quantity.
  • The ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) refer to distribution.
NumberCardinalOrdinal

1

one

first

2

two

second

3

three

third

4

four

fourth

5

five

fifth

6

six

sixth

7

seven

seventh

8

eight

eighth

9

nine

ninth

10

ten

tenth

11

eleven

eleventh

12

twelve

twelfth

13

thirteen

thirteenth

14

fourteen

fourteenth

15

fifteen

fifteenth

16

sixteen

sixteenth

17

seventeen

seventeenth

18

eighteen

eighteenth

19

nineteen

nineteenth

20

twenty

twentieth

21

twenty-one

twenty-first

22

twenty-two

twenty-second

23

twenty-three

twenty-third

24

twenty-four

twenty-fourth

25

twenty-five

twenty-fifth

26

twenty-six

twenty-sixth

27

twenty-seven

twenty-seventh

28

twenty-eight

twenty-eighth

29

twenty-nine

twenty-ninth

30

thirty

thirtieth

31

thirty-one

thirty-first

40

forty

fortieth

50

fifty

fiftieth

60

sixty

sixtieth

70

seventy

seventieth

80

eighty

eightieth

90

ninety

ninetieth

100

one hundred

hundredth

500

five hundred

five hundredth

1,000

one thousand

thousandth

100,000

one hundred thousand

hundred thousandth

1,000,000one millionmillionth

Examples:

  • There are twenty-five people in the room.
  • He was the fourteenth person to win the award since 1934.
  • Six hundred thousand people were left homeless after the earthquake.
  • I must have asked you twenty times to be quiet.
  • He went to Israel for the third time this year.

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