18.2 Ordinal numbers

Ordinal numbers indicate the position of an element within a group of elements.


The first sandwich went to the floor the second into the water.
The third
had no clue.
The fourth man he said that he doesn't need anyone anymore.
The fifth today who asks me for some change.

  English   Spanish
the first el primero
the second el segundo
the third el tercero
the fourth el cuarto
the fifth el quinto
the sixth el sexto
the seventh el séptimo
the eighth el octavo
the ninth el noveno
the tenth el décimo

Ordinal numbers are in accordance with the gender and number with the noun to which they refer. They can be used adjectivally (before a noun) as well as substantival (as a noun).

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