Cardinal number (linguistics)

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Cardinal numbers versus ordinal numbers.

In linguistics, more precisely in traditional grammar, a cardinal number or cardinal numeral (or just cardinal) is a part of speech used to count, such as the English words one, two, three, but also compounds like three hundred and forty-two. Cardinal numbers are classified as definite numerals and are related to ordinal numbers, such as first, second, third, etc.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ David Crystal (2011). Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (6th ed.). John Wiley & Sons. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-405-15296-9. 
  2. ^ Hadumo Bussmann (1999). Routledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-20319-7. 
  3. ^ James R. Hurford (1994). Grammar: A Student's Guide. Cambridge University Press. pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-0-521-45627-2.