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Cardinal and Ordinal numbers


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Cardinal and Ordinal numbering:

Cardinal numbers are the numbers you use for counting:  one, two, three...and so on.
Ordinal Numbers are used to indicate position: first, second, third, fourth...and so on. 

In ASL, ordinal numbers 1 through 9 are done similar to cardinal numbers except they use a little twist of the wrist.  Beyond "9th," ordinal  numbers start adding a "TH" after the number instead of doing the twist.  An interesting difference between English and ASL is that English uses the concept of "nd" for some numbers but ASL only uses "th."  For example English uses 22nd but ASL uses 22th.

Let's go over that again: 
Cardinal numbers are 1, 2, 3...
Ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd...
In ASL we do cardinal numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
In ASL we do ordinal numbers:
1 + twist
2 + twist
3 + twist
4 + twist
5 + twist
6 + twist
7 + twist
8 + twist
9 + twist
10 + th (fingerspell "th")
11 + th
12 + th
13 + th
14 + th
15 + th
16 + th
17 + th
18 + th
19 + th
20 + th
21 + th
22 + th
...


In a message dated 2/22/2005 7:50:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time, akarajeurs@hotmail.com writes:
so, when using cardinal numbers,you add the "th"? OWuldn't u use it for the ordinal numbers?



>From: Dr. Bill Vicars
>To: akarajeurs@hotmail.com
>Subject: Re: numbers
>Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 18:35:28 EST
>
>
>
>Cardinal and Ordinal numbering:
>
>Cardinal numbers are the numbers you use for counting: one, two,
>three...and so on.
>Ordinal Numbers are used to indicate position: first, second, third,
>fourth...and so on. Cardinal nubmers 1 through 9 are done similar to ordinal
>numbers except they use a little twist of the wrist. Beyond "9th" cardinal numbers
>start adding a "TH" after the number. An interesting difference between
>English and ASL is that English uses the concept of "nd" for some numbers but
>ASL only uses "th." For example English uses 22nd but ASL uses 22th.
 


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