Learn Hieroglyphs

Ordinal numbers

1) The ordinals from 2-9 in ancient Egyptian are formed by adding the ending (nw) after the number, so you have the number + nw

The third


The fifth


The sixth


The ninth


2) To write 'the first', Egyptians used the word , tpy lit. 'who belongs to the head' (Nisba adjective from preposition tp meaning on)

3) From the ordinal number 10 and above, Egyptians used the word (participle) mH ‘completing’ and it is written first + number. Notably all units follow their nouns.


The twelfth

mH 12

We notice that the precedes the number, while follows the number.