Åk 6–9

4.1 Ordinal Numbers
You have heard and used ordinal numbers lots of times. You may be been in a contest and come in first, second, or third place or you might have been the eighth student on the class list. In these cases, second and eighth are ordinal numbers. We use them when we indicate which place in a sequence something comes. Another classic example is the ordinal number of kings and popes. These people received their ordinal numbers because they were often named after their forefathers.

Carl XIV John is read:

Carl the fourteenth John.

Foto: Fredrik Enander

How would you say this date (the last day in December)?

Foto: Fredrik Enander

When you write ordinal numbers you can either write them in letters, roman numerals or numbers. This is the way the first 24 ordinal numbers are written and read.