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Adjectives of Number simply indicate how many persons or things are meant or in what order they stand.

Consider the following examples:

• All the board members were present.
• The basket contains seven mangoes.
• Today is the first day of the month.

Adjectives of number are of three kinds:

These adjectives tell us the exact number of people or things. They are made up of two types:

1. Cardinals, which state the number of people or things. For example:

• There are forty-eight learners in Benson’s class.
2. Ordinals, which state the order of people or things in a series. For example:

• Breakfast is the first meal of the day.

These kinds of adjectives do not denote an exact number. For example:

• There are no books on this shelf.

These adjectives refer to each other of a number. For example:

Every word of it is true.

Important Hint!

Note that Adjectives that state the exact number of the noun are called cardinalsOpens in new window. For example: nine rulers; three pencils. Those which indicate in what order things stand are called ordinalsOpens in new window. For example, the first month; the third round.

All, many, few, several and some are adjectives that do not indicate the exact number. Consider these examples:

• All men are mortal.
• Several instructions were given.

The adjectives such as, each, every, either and neither are used when the persons or things are taken one at a time. For example:

• Every student is expected to use the Ifioque.com website.
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• The English Marvel Workbook – 8 Adjectives of Number (By Santhini Govindan, c-23)