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Watch the "The English Minute" video below for an introduction to ordinal numbers.
Ordinal numbers are numbers used to describe order. In English we also use these numbers to say the date.
1) To change a number to an ordinal, we usually add -th to the end.
eleven - eleventh
2) With numbers that end in a "y" (like twenty, thirty, forty, etc.), change the "y" to "ieth."
twenty - twentieth
3) With numbers of two digits or more (except numbers below twenty), just change the last word to an ordinal.
21st - twenty first
32nd - thirty second
156 - one hundred and fifty sixth
4) The exceptions to the rules above are in red letters in the table below.
|1st - first||11th - eleventh||21st - twenty first|
|2nd - second||12th - twelfth||22nd - twenty second|
|3rd - third||13th - thirteenth||23rd - twenty third|
|4th - fourth||14th - fourteenth||24th - twenty fourth|
|5th - fifth||15th - fifteenth||25th - twenty fifth|
|6th - sixth||16th - sixteenth||26th - twenty sixth|
|7th - seventh||17th - seventeenth||27th - twenty seventh|
|8th - eighth||18th - eighteenth||28th - twenty eighth|
|9th - ninth||19th - nineteenth||29th - twenty ninth|
|10th - tenth||20th - twentieth||30th - thirtieth|
Write the days in order without looking at the list above. When you finish, click on the CHECK button to check your answers. Don't forget that days of the week have to be capitalized in English.
In the United States we say the month first, then the number of the day, and then the year. In Europe they say the number of the day first and then the month.
1/2/01 - January 2, 2001
2/1/01 - 2 January, 2001
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