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English is my first language and this sentence makes perfect sense in English to me. Not sure why people are saying it sounds unnatural. I am eating a third crepe (This is the third crepe I am eating cause I like my damn food), I am eating MY third crepe (All these crepes are mine and I am eating the third of the bunch, also fine) or I am eating THE third crepe (Of all the crepes this is the third, for some reason. Maybe we are sharing a plate of 3 crepes and I want the third one because I'm greedy, but this isn't specifically a/my third crepe as it will only be the second I've eaten.)
For me (and probably for other people, who are confused by this sentence) the problem is about "a" and "the". I am taught that before "first", "second", "third" e.t.c. one must use "the".
Since you wrote "I am eating A third crepe (This is THE third crepe I am eating cause I like my damn food)" I'm still confused.
As in, this is the third crepe I have personally eaten: I ate one crepe, then a second, then a third. I apologise, my wording was perhaps poor. The major difference I was trying to point out is that by saying "I am eating THE third crepe" it may not be YOUR third crepe: you ate one, your friend ate one, and then you ate another, it is YOUR second crepe but it is THE third crepe on the plate you are sharing, whereas " A third crepe" seems to imply you've personally eaten one two then three.
Where I come from it is more natural to say my third in both a "all these crepes are mine and this is the third one" sense and a "We are all eating crepes and this is the third one that I personally am eating" sense.
But it hardly matters unless it's in the past tense. if it's the present tense are we not all too busy stuffing our faces to speak?
Is the intent of the phrase "Je mange une troiseme crepe" to say "I am eating my third crepe" as in I've already eaten two crepes and this is my third, or does the phrase mean "I am eating one third of a crepe" as in I divide one crepe into three equal parts and I'm eating one of them? Either way, how would you express the other?
You don't have any context here. With a suitable context, I think that you would find it more natural.
Q: what do you do when you are still hungry after two crepes?
A: I eat a third crepe
Not that it would be a very usual conversation, anyway, but at least it would be grammatically coherent.
So the ordinals are...
Premier/Première for First
then you just add -ième to the number.
deuxième troisième quatrième (be careful to drop the 'e' in quatre) cinquième (watch the funny spelling here, too) sixième septième huitième neuvième (again here) dixième onzième douzième...... blah blah blah
Yes, it does. Just make sure that you use it only when translating French to English, or in listening questions. If you do it from English to French, it will count you wrong because you know the English version, but it can't be sure that you know the French for that as well. Hope this helps :)
Strange. Every grammar site says the same thing: We use “the” when we use an ordinal number like first, second or third, because using an ordinal number describes exactly which one. In this case actually "a third" strongly suggests that you are referring to a noun: a third of... "A second" could apparently be used as a highly colloquial way of expressing "another", but nobody seems to recognize "a third..." Don't know. Maybe it's not really possible to translate exactly word by word from French to English.... Just a thought though...
Not necessarily. 'I eat the third crepe' can have the connotation that there's three crepes to be had, but only three and no more than three. 'I eat A third crepe' has the connotation that there's more than three to be had, but that you've eaten two and now are eating a third one.
I think I already explained this. With days of the week, you know the total number, so each day is the first, the second... the seventh. Each day is specific.
With a plate full of crepes, the total number is not predetermined. You eat one, then a second one, then a third one. Each crêpe is non specific, you are just counting them as you eat them.
If the number of crêpes is known, that is if there are 3 in total on the plate, you can eat the first one, then the second one, then the final 3rd one.