Cardinal numeral

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Cardinal versus ordinal numbers
Cardinal one two three four five six seven eight nine ten
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ordinal first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

In linguistics, and more precisely in traditional grammar, a cardinal numeral (or cardinal number word) is a part of speech used to count. Examples in English are the words one, two, three, and the compounds three hundred [and] forty-two and nine hundred [and] sixty. Cardinal numerals are classified as definite, and are related to ordinal numbers, such as the English 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. Camsixbridge University Press. pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-0-521-45627-2.