Hi! I learned that there should have 'the' before 'ordinal number'. Why is 'the' omitted' in the context above? Thank you!The emerging power shortages have important implications for both inflation and growth, about which the government is to publish fresh figures today. Second quarter GDP growth is forecast to have dropped to 10.1 per cent from 10.6 per cent in the first quarter.
"Forecast" seems to me to be an odd word to use there. Perhaps:
Second quarter GDP growth is expecterd to drop to 10.1 per cent from 10.6 per cent in the first quarter.
Thanks for your response. My teacher always told us "the" is a must before an ordinal number. When I was a middle school student, we often had such tests and exercises for hundreds of times.
The definite article can be omitted in your example because there's 'my' qualifies 'second'.
Well, I found the same info. from the Internet about it too. Here's the excerpt.
The definite article the, meaning this one or that one, is used before the following:
ordinal numbers the tenth name on the list
superlatives the best in the country
family names used in the plural the Browns, the Smiths
I agree this as I quoted. Sorry, I misused my words (can be omitted) previously.not "can be omitted" It is not used!
Nobody says 'This is (the my) (my the) second trip to France.'
But if there without any personal pronouns to qualify an ordinal number, it should add 'the' before an ordinal number.
Would you please take a look on the URL link I offer? It is stated clearly about the usage as my teacher taught us. Or would you please offer another example from any authoritative/credited sources? Thank you!
1 " First", "Second" ... in the enumeration in an easy are not counted
2 a second time...
Last edited by thedaffodils; 21-Jul-2008 at 02:23.
English Numbers - Ordinal numbersTitles
In names for kings and queens, ordinal numbers are written in Roman numbers. In spoken English, the definite article is used before the ordinal number:
Charles II - Charles the Second
Edward VI - Edward the Sixth
Henry VIII - Henry the Eighth
Learn English Online - Free Beginners Course - Unit 5 - Lesson 22 - Ordinal NumbersOrdinal Numbers
Cardinal numbers express quantity: two (2), thirty-five (35) etc...
Ordinal numbers indicate order or rank: first (1st), second (2nd), third (3rd) etc...
The definite article "the" normally goes in front of an ordinal number: e.g. "Queen Elizabeth the second."
Another source from the Internet.