This page contains a table including the following: German Numbers and numerals cardinal and ordinal. Try to memorize them because they're very important in communication, and might be very helpful to convey your most important expressions. Make sure to check our Learn German page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.
In German, the meaning of cardinal numbers is digits such as 3 or 11 or 630 or any other number used in counting to indicate quantity but not order. German numbers between 21 and 99 that are not multiples of ten (30, 40, 50 ...) are expressed in reverse: 21 = ein-und-zwanzig (one-and-twenty), 22 = zwei-und-zwanzig (two-and-twenty), etc.
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First, second, third, etc., are ordinal numbers, usually coming before a noun. They can be written as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. The ordinal numbers are in most cases created by simply adding a suffix to a cardinal number. Numbers from 1 to 19 add -te, and numbers 20 and above add -ste. Exceptions are 1 (erste) and 3 (dritte) whose ordinals are based on a changed root, 7 (siebte), which drops the -en before adding the ordinal suffix -te and 8 (achte) which adds only an -e because the number already ends in -t. Ordinal numbers may also be expressed in writing by including a period after a number.
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German Cardinal numbers are used more often than ordinal numbers; therefore they need more attention, so try to memorize them by heart. Make sure to check our Learn German page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.
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