I would like to convey the following:

Please, read the first, the sixth and the tenth page.

What is a correct written version?

Please, read the 1st, 6th and 10th page.

Please, read the pages 1, 6 and 10.

Or both are wrong? Please, comment also on the punctuation, namely should I add comma after "Please" and before "and".

UPD Would the answer change if I would like to omit "and":

Please, read the 1st, 6th, 10th page.

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    Switching from lexical to arithmetic notation doesn't affect the ordinal/cardinal choice. Personally, I think ordinals sound awkward with such a disparate list, and using words rather than digits would soon start to look really clumsy if you need to identify pages nearer the end of a book, even if expressed as cardinals. So bearing in mind that next week you might need to get the class to read pages 98, 107 and 121, I'd suggest you start out using that notation. Jul 13 '17 at 13:56

It is common to refer to the first page or last page but not usually other pages by ordinal. It is more usual to refer to page 10.

I would omit the comma and the definite article, but not and, so I would write

Please read pages 1, 6 and 10.

However suppose you are exasperated by a student's persistent questions, you might add the comma for emphasis.

Please, read pages 1, 6 and 10.

This phrasing also side-steps the issue of whether page in your 1st, 6th and 10th page should be singular or plural.


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