Oveview of English Numbers
We use numbers to count and indicate how many nouns are being described. The main challenges in writing numbers involve the forms, the use of hyphens and where and where not to add -s.
Cardinal Numbers
Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Write numbers less than 10 with letters, e.g.: one, two, three
- Hyphenate compound numbers between 20 and 99, e.g.: twenty-one, ninety-nine.
- Large numbers are preceded by a or a number, e.g.: One hundred, two thousand, a million.
- When writing larger digits, use a comma, e.g.: 1,000,000
- Write numbers less than 10 with letters (e.g.: one, two, etc.)
Ordinal numbers
Ordinal numbers allow us to establish an order or rank, e.g.: "first", "second", "third" (premier, deuxième, troisième). The main ordinals in French are:
Ordinal Numbers (1-10) |
first |
1st |
second |
2nd |
third |
3rd |
fourth |
4th |
fifth |
5th |
sixth |
6th |
seventh |
7th |
eighth |
8th |
ninth |
9th |
tenth |
10th |
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- In dates, use an ordinal number, e.g.: September 2nd.
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