Adjective of Number
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Adjectives of Number Examples
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:
- definite numeral adjectives
- indefinite numeral adjectives
- distributive numeral adjectives
Definite Numeral Adjectives
These adjectives tell us the exact number of people or things. They are made up of two types:
Cardinals, which state the number of people or things. For example:
- There are forty-eight learners in Benson’s class.
Ordinals, which state the order of people or things in a series. For example:
- Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
These kinds of adjectives do not denote an exact number. For example:
- There are no books on this shelf.
Distributive Numeral Adjectives
These adjectives refer to each other of a number. For example:
- Every word of it is true.
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.