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kyón mhm nchàñ
man good (a person) one good man
Cardinals referring to the human beings can also be used without the above mentioned forms as

kyón khà / mótsà one man
man one
kyón two men
man two
Cardinal numerals referring to Non-human do not take the forms nchà or ótsk
kákò khà or mótsà one book
book one
kákò two books
book two
When nouns are qualified by adjectives, cardinal numeral form is added to the adjective and not to the noun, in other words they are added to the whole noun phrase.

kákò mhm two good books
book good two
kyón mhm ótsk two good men
man good (person) two
kyón lmt mhm ótsk two very good persons
man very good person two
When demonstrative pronouns are used along with numerals, caradinals do not come at the end of the noun phrase as

kákò mhm khà This one good book
book good one this
kákò mhm khà c That one good book
book good one that
kákò mhm   These two good books
book good two this-pl.
kákò mhm nì c Those two good books
book good two that-pl.
  3.11.2. Ordinal Numerals :
  Ordinal numerals are formed by the addition of an ordinal marker to the base of the cardinal numeral, ordinal marker is -ótò.

kyón v-ótò first man
man first
lóy v-ótò first woman
woman first
fv-ótò first dog
dog first
kákò v-ótò first book
book first

From the above examples, it becomes clear that ordinal marker is the same for both animate and inanimate nouns.

However, in Lotha, ordinals can be formed by dropping the last syllable of the ordinal marker i.e. ò of -ótò. Forms with the full form of the ordinal marker or that remains by dropping the last syllable, both are acceptable to the native speakers.







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