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Ordinal Numbers: Using First, Second, Third, Etc

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Level: Elementary

Ordinal numbers are easy to learn but also, easy to forget.

When objects are placed in order, we use ordinal numbers to tell their position.  If ten people ran a race, we would say that the person that ran the fastest was in first place, the next student was in second place, and so on.

Remember, ordinals are numbers we use when we want to put things in order. We normally ad 'th' to the numbers, but also sometimes 'nd' or 'st'. In the following sentences, do we need an ordinal number?

Link: Which Question is Best?

Lesson by Caroline Devane, teacher at EC Cape Town English language school

  • 1. I have two brothers. The ___ brother is called Terence.



  • 2. I live at ___ Maynard Drive.



  • 3. I didn't do very well in the competition. I only came ___.



  • 4. Marguerite was the ___to arrive.



  • 5. I'd like ___ potatoes please.



  • 6. I was born on the ___ of December.



  • 7. I would like to have dinner, but lets go to the cinema ___.



  • 8. There are ___ students in this classroom who speak Spanish.



  • 9. The President is married to the ___lady.



  • 10. My TV has ___ channels.