The cardinal numbers (one, two, three, etc.) are adjectives referring to quantity, and the ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) refer to distribution.

Number | Cardinal | Ordinal |
---|---|---|

1 | one | first |

2 | two | second |

3 | three | third |

4 | four | fourth |

5 | five | fifth |

6 | six | sixth |

7 | seven | seventh |

8 | eight | eighth |

9 | nine | ninth |

10 | ten | tenth |

11 | eleven | eleventh |

12 | twelve | twelfth |

13 | thirteen | thirteenth |

14 | fourteen | fourteenth |

15 | fifteen | fifteenth |

16 | sixteen | sixteenth |

17 | seventeen | seventeenth |

18 | eighteen | eighteenth |

19 | nineteen | nineteenth |

20 | twenty | twentieth |

21 | twenty-one | twenty-first |

22 | twenty-two | twenty-second |

23 | twenty-three | twenty-third |

24 | twenty-four | twenty-fourth |

25 | twenty-five | twenty-fifth |

26 | twenty-six | twenty-sixth |

27 | twenty-seven | twenty-seventh |

28 | twenty-eight | twenty-eighth |

29 | twenty-nine | twenty-ninth |

30 | thirty | thirtieth |

31 | thirty-one | thirty-first |

40 | forty | fortieth |

50 | fifty | fiftieth |

60 | sixty | sixtieth |

70 | seventy | seventieth |

80 | eighty | eightieth |

90 | ninety | ninetieth |

100 | one hundred | hundredth |

500 | five hundred | five hundredth |

1,000 | one thousand | thousandth |

1,500 | one thousand five hundred, or fifteen hundred | one thousand five hundredth |

100,000 | one hundred thousand | hundred thousandth |

1,000,000 | one million | millionth |

##### Examples

- There are
**twenty-five**people in the room. - He was the
**fourteenth**person to win the award. **Six hundred thousand**people were left homeless after the earthquake.- I must have asked you
**twenty**times to be quiet. - He went to Israel for the
**third**time this year.

### Reading decimals

Read decimals aloud in English by pronouncing the decimal point as "point", then read each digit individually. Money is not read this way.

Written | Said |
---|---|

0.5 | point five |

0.25 | point two five |

0.73 |
point seven three |

0.05 |
point zero five |

0.6529 |
point six five two nine |

2.95 |
two point nine five |

### Reading fractions

Read fractions using the cardinal number for the numerator and the ordinal number for the denominator, making the ordinal number plural if the numerator is larger than 1. This applies to all numbers except for the number 2, which is read "half" when it is the denominator, and "halves" if there is more than one.

Written | Said |
---|---|

1/3 | one third |

3/4 | three fourths |

5/6 | five sixths |

1/2 | one half |

3/2 | three halves |

### Pronouncing percentages

Percentages are easy to read aloud in English. Just say the number and then add the word "percent".

Written | Pronounced |
---|---|

5% | five percent |

25% | twenty-five percent |

36.25% | thirty-six point two five percent |

100% | one hundred percent |

400% | four hundred percent |

### Reading sums of money

To read a sum of money, first read the whole number, then add the currency name. If there is a decimal, follow with the decimal pronounced as a whole number, and if coinage has a name in the currency, add th