General English Level 1 V 3
UNIT 01 Who am I? TOPIC 02 About me
Information LANGUAGE FOCUS 10 Numbers and dates


Cardinal numbers

Amy and Tom say
What's your address?
My address is apartment 4, number 6 King St, Roseville.
Tom: And what's your postcode?
Amy: 2085.
Tom: What's your telephone number?
Amy: My phone number is 9419 6782.

We call these numbers cardinal numbers.


How old is he? He is twelve years old.

Ordinal numbers

Tom says to Amy
And the date today is the third of February 2001.

The third is an ordinal number.

Ordinal numbers are numbers which show position: first(1st), second(2nd), third(3rd), fourth(4th)...


I live on the sixth floor.
It is my grandmother's seventieth birthday today.
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
30 thirty thirtieth
40 forty fortieth
50 fifty fiftieth
60 sixty sixtieth
70 seventy seventieth
80 eighty eightieth
90 ninety ninetieth
100 one hundred one hundredth
101 one hundred and one one hundred and first
122 one hundred and twenty two one hundred and twenty second
1222 one thousand two hundred and twenty two one thousand two hundred and twenty second


In English how we say dates is different to how we write them.

Amy and Tom say
And what's your date of birth?
It's January the twenty second, ninteen seventy eight.

On the student form Tom writes: 22.01.1978

We write:
We say:
03/02/2001 The third of February, two thousand and one
3rd February 2001 February the third, two thousand and one
3 February 2001 February the third, two thousand and one
3 Feb 2001 The third of the second, two thousand and one
6 November 1804 The sixth of November, eighteen oh four
6th November 1804 November the sixth, eighteen hundred oh four
The sixth of the eleventh, eighteen oh four


1 January
2 February
3 March
4 April
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 August
9 September
10 October
11 November
12 December

Now go to 11 LANGUAGE FOCUS Numbers and dates - task.


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