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Ordinal Numbers

In Spanish and English we have ordinal and cardinal numbers. Cardinal numbers are those we use for counting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.) and are covered in Lesson 2. Ordinal numbers are those that we use to rank things, name streets, give a position to something, etc. (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.).

Ordinal numbers are the numbers we use to rank things, name streets, etc. (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.). The last letter of ordinal numbers will be an "o" or an "a" for masculine or feminine nouns, respectively. However, the "o" is dropped before masculine nouns for 1st & 3rd. Ordinal numbers are rarely used beyond 10. Note: the “o” is dropped for First (primer) and Third (Tercer) when it is followed by a masculine noun. For example:

Number

Ordinal

Example in Spanish

English

1st

Primero

·   el primer chico

·   la primera chica

·   the first boy

·   the first girl

2nd

Segundo

·   el segundo chico

·   la segunda chica

·   the second boy

·   the second girl

3rd

Tercero

·   el tercer chico

·   la tercera chica

·   the third boy

·   the third girl

4th

Cuarto

·   el cuarto chico

·   la cuarta chica

·   the forth boy

·   the forth girl

5th

Quinto

·   el quinto chico

·   la quinta chica

·   the fifth boy

·   the fifth girl

6th

Sexto

·   el sexto chico

·   la sexta chica

·   the sixth boy

·   the sixth girl

7th

Séptimo

·   el séptimo chico

·   la séptima chica

·   the seventh boy

·   the seventh girl

8th

Octavo

·   el octavo chico

·   la octava chica

·   the eighth boy

·   the eighth girl

9th

Noveno

·   el noveno chico

·   la novena chica

·   the ninth boy

·   the ninth girl

10th

Décimo

·   el  décimo chico

·   la décima chica

·   the tenth boy

·   the tenth girl

 

Vocabulary - Spanish

Vocabulary - English

Primero

First

Segundo

Second

Tercero

Third

Cuarto

Fourth

Quinto

Fifth

Sexto

Sixth

Séptimo

Seventh

Octavo

Eighth

Noveno

Nineth

Décimo

Tenth

Décimo primero

Eleventh

Décimo segundo

Twelfth

Décimo tercero

Thirteenth

Décimo cuarto

Fourteenth

Décimo quinto

Fifteenth

Décimo Sexto

Sixteenth

Décimo séptimo

Seventeenth

Décimo Octavo

Eighteenth

Décimo Noveno

Nineteenth

Vigésimo

Twentieth