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Ordinal Numbers - Números Ordinais

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers are used to express the position or order in a sequence. In English the ordinal numbers from 1 to 10 are: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth. See the equivalents in Portuguese. Note that in Portuguese the ordinal numbers have feminine and masculine forms.

Ordinal Numbers are used to refer to the floors in a building, to place positions in a competition etc.

Examples:

Eu moro no terceiro andar. (I live on the third floor).

In the chart below study the pronunciation of the Ordinal Numbers. Click the arrow to hear the sound of each word.

 

Number

Masculine

Feminine

First

Primeiro

Primeira

Second

Segundo

Segunda

Third

Terceiro

Terceira

Fourth

Quarto

Quarta

Fifth

Quinto

Quinta

Sixth

Sexto

Sexta

Seventh

Sétimo

Sétima

Eighth

Oitavo

Oitava

Ninth

Nono

Nona

Tenth

Décimo

Décima

 

Days of the month

In Portuguese the ordinal numbers are not used to express the days of the month. People use the word “primeiro” just for the first day and cardinal numbers (dois, três, quatro, cinco, seis…) for the other days.

Examples:

  • date: 11/01/2006:  Primeiro de novembro de dois mil e seis. (literal translation: First of November of two thousand six)

  • date: 11/09/2005:  Nove de novembro de dois mil e seis. (literal translation: Nine of November of two thousand six)