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Questions tagged [ordinals]

Words like 'first', 'second', and 'third' – numerals which denote a place in a sequence.

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'grade four' or 'fourth grade' — which is grammatical and formal?

I just came across the following sentence; How many grade four kanji have you memorised? Is that formal? Should there better be a hyphen like 'grade-four'?
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“The first, it is” or “First, it is”?

In the following sentence, Does the "the" article come before the "first" word? I have two reasons for my claim. The first, it is . . .
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A word denoting something taking place for the last time in an indefinitely large series

I've been looking for the word denoting something taking place for the latest time in an indefinitely large series, for example, the solar eclipse occurring for the______ th(?) time from the beginning ...
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Use of “the” and cardinals

I've read that no article is used before cardinals (one, two, three... etc) but ordinals, but here in the following sentence this rule is voided. What is the reason behind it? The cities show an ...
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How to write ordinal expressions in mathematical texts?

I was wondering if there is a rule or recommendation how to write ordinal expressions if instead of a number, we have a variable or a formula. For example, it is common to come across to the following ...
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A question about using definite article with ordinal numbers: “content with third place” or “content with the third place”?

I was reading the definition of the verb "content" came across with this example: "he had to be content with third place" Shouldn't it be: "he had to be content with the third place" I thought ...
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Different Zero and Nol

I am confused with this one, and I have two questions about that What"s the difference between Zero and Nol? Is 'nol' is accepted in English? And 1st First, 2nd Second, and what about ...
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How to ask a question which implies an ordinal number as an answer? [duplicate]

How do I ask a question which implies an ordinal number as an answer? E.g. if I want to ask "which exit should I take on a motorway?" and I don't want to get an answer "left" or "right" or "the next ...
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How to write about ordered things?

Can anyone help me about the correct usage of nd and th ? The nth best grade The n'th best grade The nnd best grade What are they called in the grammar ? Which one of them is grammatically ...
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Article before ordinal numbers

That first season wrapped everything up nicely and when I heard that a second season would be made I started to wonder if it would be able to reach the same quality as the first season. Source: ...
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Should I use an apostrophe in ordinals?

John Smith was born in Netherlands, on the 21'st of May 1981. Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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What does “every fourth person” mean?

What does this mean? "every fourth person is fat."
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Asking the position of a person in a sequence

How to ask the position(?) of a president (like 10th) of a country, correctly?