Table of contents Chapter 18 18.2 Ordinal numbers

Chapter 18: Numerals

  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.

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

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).