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In this lesson you will learn about Ordinal Numbers.

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Spanish Basic : Ordinal Numbers

Which one goes first? This section will teach you Spanish ordinal numbers from one to ten.

Ordinal numbers, as the name suggests, are numbers that indicate the order of nouns in a series. And just like cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers are adjectives. But unlike cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers in Spanish actually do match the noun they modify in both gender and number, and in most cases, they precede (go before) the noun.


First: primero (pree-meh-roh)

Second: segundo (seh-goon-doh)

Third: tercero (tehr-seh-roh)

Fourth: cuarto (kooahr-toh)

Fifth: quinto (keen-toh)

Sixth: sexto (sehks-toh)

Seventh: séptimo (sehp-tee-moh)

Eight: octavo (ohk-tah-bvoh)

Ninth: noveno (noh-bveh-noh)

Tenth: décimo (deh-see-moh)


When used as an adjective, ordinal numbers must agree with the nouns they refer to in both number and gender: el segundo coche ("the second car"), but la segunda vez ("the second time").

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