# Ordinal Numbers 30+ in Spanish

Ordinal numbers 21st-99th are are simply written out as a two separate words. Consider the following examples.

English

Spanish

twenty first

21st

vigésimo primero

21°

thirty sixth

36th

trigésimo sexto

36°

### Basic Ordinal Numbers 30th-100th

The basic ordinal numbers that are multiples of ten through 100 must be memorized. The following are the basic ordinal numbers 30th-100th.fortieth

40th

cuadragésimo

40°

fiftieth

50th

quincuagésimo

50°

sixtieth

60th

sexagésimo

60°

seventieth

70th

septuagésimo

70°

eightieth

80th

octogésimo

80°

ninetieth

90th

nonagésimo

90°

one hundredth

100th

centésimo

100°

### Ordinal Numbers Above 100

two hundredth

200th

ducentésimo

200°

three hundredth

300th

tricentésimo

300°

four hundredth

400th

cuadringentésimo

400°

five hundredth

500th

quingentésimo

500°

six hundredth

600th

sexcentésimo

600°

seven hundredth

700th

septingentésimo

700°

eight hundredth

800th

octingentésimo

800°

nine hundredth

900th

noningentésimo

900°

one thousandth

1000th

milésimo

1000°

Forming ordinal numbers for the multiples between 100 and 1000 is straight forward, simply follow the rules for forming ordinal numbers previously outlined for Ordinal Numbers 1-30 in Spanish. For each ordinal number, write out each successive word separately. Review the following examples.

four hundred eighty third

cuadringentésimo octagésimo tercero

(400th + 80th + 3rd)

one hundred eighty seventh

centésimo octogésimo séptimo

(100th + 80th + 7th)

### Primero and Tercero

The ordinal numbers*primero*(first),

*tercero*(third), and their derivatives, drop the final

**-o**when place before any masculine noun to become

*primer*and

*tercer*. Review the following exmaples.

Juanito is my first grandson.

Juanito es mi

**primer**niet__o__.It's the

*third*car I've purchased.Es el

**tercer**aut__o__que he comprado.### Dates

In Spanish, cardinal numbers are used for dates except for the**first**, which uses an ordinal number.

Today is July 1.

Hoy es

**primero**de julio.Tomorrow is July 2.

Mañana es el

**dos**de julio.### Placement

In Spanish, ordinal numbers almost always precede the nouns they modify. However, if the noun is royalty (pope, king, etc.) or the name of a street, then the ordinal number is placed after the noun. If both cardinal numbers (1,2,3 ...) and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd ...) appear together, the cardinal number is placed before the ordinal number. Review the following examples.Henry

*the 5th*Henry

**Quinto***8th*street

la Calle

**Octava**The

*first two*movies were great!¡Las

**dos primeras**películas fueron buenísimas!The

*first three*days were horrible.Los

**tres primeros**días fueron horribles.### Formal Usage

Ordinal numbers are typically used up to the 10th. Ordinal number above 10th (11th, 12th, etc.) are consider formal and uncommon. For larger numbers, cardinal numbers are more common, especially in speech.After the 20th century ...

Después del siglo 20 ...

It was his 40th birthday yesterday.

El cumplió 40 años ayer.

### Abbreviations

To write out ordinal numbers numerically in Spanish, simply add a decimal and the superscript^{o}, or

^{a }if counting feminine nouns, and

^{er }for shorter versions such as primer (1

^{er }) or tercer (3

^{er }). Review the following examples.

- primer -> 1.
^{er } - segundo -> 2.
^{o} - tercera -> 3.
^{a }