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Old June 11th, 2019, 02:00 AM
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Default Is there an easy way to create ordinals in C#?

Is there an easy way in C# to create Ordinals for a number? For example:

1 returns 1st
2 returns 2nd
3 returns 3rd

Can this be done through String.Format() or are there any functions available to do this?
Old June 13th, 2019, 01:46 AM
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This page gives you a complete listing of all custom numerical formatting rules:


As you can see, there is nothing in there about ordinals, so it can't be done using String.Format. However its not really that hard to write a function to do it.

public static string AddOrdinal(int num)
    if( num <= 0 ) return num.ToString();

    switch(num % 100)
        case 11:
        case 12:
        case 13:
            return num + "th";

    switch(num % 10)
        case 1:
            return num + "st";
        case 2:
            return num + "nd";
        case 3:
            return num + "rd";
            return num + "th";

Update: Technically Ordinals don't exist for <= 0, so I've updated the code above. Also removed the redundant ToString() methods.

Also note, this is not internationalised. I've no idea what ordinals look like in other languages.

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