800th anniversary vs eight hundredth anniversary

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Karen123456, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    My daughter asked me whether both are correct;

    800th anniversary

    eight hundredth anniversary

    While I think both are correct, the secondary one looks a bit odd.

    Am I correct to say that both are OK?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    Both are okay. The Google Ngram Viewer shows that "800th" is more frequent in published books.
    (Meanwhile, for smaller numbers, such as "nineteenth", the spelled-out form is more frequent, according to the Viewer.)
     
  3. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    If it is at the beginning of a sentence you have to write "Eight hundredth anniversary". It is optional in other places but I think I would spell it out regardless.

    That's a long time to be married.:D
     
  4. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    :thumbsup:!
    Thank you, Packard.
     
  5. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    Thanks, Cenzontle and Packard.
     
  6. Karen123456 Senior Member

    Malaysia English
    My daughter was not referring to marriage. She was referring to an occasion.
     

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