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Ordinal numbers in Portuguese

Hello and welcome to our episode about Portuguese ordinal numbers

Today we are going to speak about Portuguese ordinal numbers: primeiro, segundo, terceiro and so forth.

Ordinal numerals indicate the order of number, position or a place occupied in a series. They are flexed in gender (masculine: primeiro, feminine: primeira) and number (singular: primeiro, plural: primeiros).

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So, if you want to say, for example “They were the first ones to arrive” in Portuguese, you could refer to a masculine group “Eles foram os primeiros a chegar” or to a feminine group “Elas foram as primeiras a chegar”.

Therefore, for each of the ordinal numbers in Portuguese, you should pay attention to those details. Today, we are going to talk about numbers from one to one hundred.

First – Primeiro / Primeira

Second – Segundo /Segunda

Third – Terceiro /Terceira

Fourth – Quarto /Quarta

Fifth – Quinto /Quinta

Sixth – Sexto / Sexta

Seventh – Sétimo / Sétima

Eighth – Oitavo / Oitava

Ninth – Nono / Nona

Tenth – Décimo / Décima

From now on, you just need to add one of these numbers in the end of the position. For example:

Eleventh – Décimo primeiro

Twelfth – Décimo segundo

Thirteenth – Décimo terceiro

Fourteenth – Décimo quarto

Fifteenth – Décimo quinto

Sixteenth – Décimo sexto

Seventeenth – Décimo sétimo

Eighteenth – Décimo oitavo

Nineteenth – Décimo nono

Twentieth – Vigésimo

Thirtieth – Trigésimo

Fortieth – Quadragésimo

Fiftieth – Quinquagésimo

Sixtieth – Sexagésimo

Seventieth – Septuagésimo

Eightieth – Octagésimo

Ninetieth – Nonagésimo

Hundredth – Centésimo

Ok, here are the ordinal numbers. Most of them, you’ll barely use in a daily conversation, but sometimes you can read them in a newspaper. We sometimes use “centésimo” when we want to exaggerate something. For example: esta é a centésima vez que falo com você, meaning “I’m talking to you a lot”.

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That’s enough for today!

I hope you like it.

See you next time!


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