using definite article "the" with ordinal numbers
Please help! What is the rule for using "the" with ordinal numbers? Specifically, in front of places in a race. For example, "Mom's team won second prize?" Why is it not "won THE second prize?" Also, "Mom's team came in first (second, third, etc) place?" I can not find a specific rule for this other than, it sounds unnatural. Is it also incorrect to say "Mom's team won THE first prize?" This is VERY confusing!!
Re: using definite article "the" with ordinal numbers
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It's idiomatic to leave out the article. "the second prize" would imply that mom's team won the second prize that was awarded. In other words, it indicates the order in which the prizes were handed out.
Originally Posted by smun50
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