Ordinal numbers in French

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Ordinal numbers

For ordinal numbers, from 2e (‘2nd’) onwards, we add ième to the spelling of the cardinal number.
1 → premier / première first
2 → deuxième second
3 → troisième third
4 → quatrième fourth
5 → cinquième fifth
6 → sixième sixth
7 → septième seventh
8 → huitième eighth
9 → neuvième ninth
10 → dixième tenth
Adèle est la cinquième enfant de Victor Hugo. Adèle is Victor Hugo’s fifth child.
Marcel est sorti deux centième de sa promotion. Marcel graduated two hundredth in his class.
For numbers greater than vingt et un (21) and ending in 1, we do the following:
21 → vingt et unième twenty-first; 31 → trente et unième thirty-first
1001 → mille et unième one thousand and first
101 → cent unième one hundred and first; 201 → deux-cent unième two hundred and first
•  The following spelling:
treize → treizième, quinze → quinzième (we remove the final e before adding ième)
cinquième, trente-cinquième (we add a u after cinq)
neuvième, soixante-neuvième (with neuf, the f becomes a v)
•  The terms deuxième (abbreviated to 2e) or second (abbreviated to 2nd) are accepted.
•  The abreviations 3e and 3ème (or 14e, 14ème, etc) are both accepted.

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