# Cardinal, Ordinal and Nominal Numbers

Cardinal: how many
Ordinal: position
Nominal: name

## Cardinal Numbers

A Cardinal Number says how many of something there are, such as one, two, three, four, five.

A Cardinal Number answers the question "How Many?"

Example: here are five coins:

It does not have fractions or decimals, it is only used for counting.

How to remember: "Cardinal is Counting"

## Ordinal Numbers

An Ordinal Number tells us the position of something in a list.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and so on (seeCardinal and Ordinal Numbers Chart for more.)

### Example: In this picture the girl is 2nd:

And the two pups are 3rd and 4th.

How to remember: "Ordinal says what Order things are in".

## Nominal Numbers

A Nominal Number is a number used only as a name, or to identify something (not as an actual value or position)

### Examples:

• the number on the back of a footballer ("8")
• a postal code ("91210")
• a model number ("380")

How to remember: "Nominal is a Name".

## Example With Everything

In this photo there are 6 cars. Car Number "99" (with the yellow roof) is in 1st position:

• 6 is a Cardinal Number (it tells how many)
• 1st is an Ordinal Number (it tells position)
• "99" is a Nominal Number (it is basically just a name for the car)