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Ordinal Numbers:

To form the ordinal numbers, just add -te to the cardinal numbers for 1-19, and -ste for 20 and up.  The exceptions are erste, dritte, siebte, and achte.

first
erste
second
zweite
third
dritte
fourth
vierte
fifth
fünfte
sixth
sechste
seventh
siebte
eighth
achte
ninth
neunte
tenth
zehnte
eleventh
elfte
twelfth
zwölfte
thirteenth
dreizehnte
fourteenth
vierzehnte
fifteenth
fünfzehnte
sixteenth
sechzehnte
seventeenth
siebzehnte
eighteenth
achtzehnte
nineteenth
neunzehnte
twentieth
zwanzigste

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Writing Dates:

In writing dates, German uses the number followed by a period.  On February 2nd would be am 2. Februar.  However, when saying this out loud, you would say am zweiten Februar.  You must use the construction am + -en to answer a question beginning with Wann?  But you use the construction der + -e to answer the question Welches Datum?

Wann sind Sie geboren?  When were you born?
Am achzehnten Mai.  On May 18th.

Welches Datum is heute?  What is today's date?
Heute ist der neunte Oktober.  Today is October ninth.

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