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Monday, December 01, 2008

ESL Student Blog: A Note on Number Reading

Students often confuse ordinal numbers (referring to objects put in order, e.g. 50th) and numbers referring to the years in a decade (in 50s).

This is his 50th (fiftieth) birthday. (he’s had 49 birthdays so far, this is the next in order)

She immigrated in the 1950s (nineteen fifties). (sometime between 1951 to 1959)
Practice pronouncing the endings of the following numbers clearly:

This is her 20th (twentieth) grandchild!
She is in her early 20s (twenties).
They live on the 30th (thirtieth) floor.
We bought this house in the 30s (thirties).
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:12 AM
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