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Numerical adjectives indicate quantity by stating a fixed number of people or things.

There are two groups of numerical adjectives.

Cardinal Numbers

Here are some examples using cardinal numbers:

In the first example, one is the numerical adjective (cardinal number) that indicates one in number. It is added to a singular noun.

In the second example, the numerical adjective two (cardinal number) indicates that there are two in number and must be combined with a plural noun.

Cardinal number = c for counting: 1, 2, 3 or one, two, three

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal number = for ordered sequence: 1st, 2nd, 3rd or first, second, third

Here are two examples with ordinal numbers:

First is the ordinal number derived from one (cardinal number). Ordinal numbers indicate a sequence.

Third is the ordinal number derived from three (cardinal number).

This concludes the section of descriptive and limiting adjectives.

Using Descriptive and Limiting Adjectives Together