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After numerals
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Nouns can be elided after cardinals and ordinals. Cardinals remain uninflected, whereas ordinals can bear the inflection characteristic of noun ellipsis.

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Cardinal numbers can be used to carry the weight of a noun ellipsis construction:

Example 1

Gurbe hat fiif knikkerts en Loltsje hat seis ____
Gurbe has five marbles and Loltsje has six
Gurbe has five marbles and Loltsje has six

Ordinal numbers can be used to carry the weight of a noun ellipsis construction:

Example 2

Trije glêzen bier? Hy hoecht gjin fjirde ___
three glasses beer he needs no fourth
Three glasses of beer? He does not need a fourth one

In addition, ordinal numbers may carry constructional inflection, more specifically, the inflection characteristic of adjectives occurring in the construction of noun ellipsis, as shown in the example below:

Example 3

a. Trije glêzen bier? Hy hoecht gjin fjirde-n ___
three glasses beer he needs no fourth.NE
Three glasses of beer? He does not need a fourth one
b. Trije glêzen bier? Hy hoecht gjin fjirde-nien ___
three glases beer he needs no fourth.NE
Three glasses of beer? He does not need a fourth one

Ordinal numbers are not pluralised. The example below illustrates this with fractions:

Example 4

a. Twa tredde fan de lju / dingen
two third of the people things
Two third of the people / things
b. *Twa tredde-n fan de lju / dingen
two thirds.PL of the people things
Two third of the people / things

Earlier, it was noted that it could not be ascertained whether ordinals carry attributive inflection or not. It was noted here that ordinals carry the inflection of noun ellipsis. There are indications that adjectives which cannot carry attributive inflection, cannot carry the inflection of ellipsis either and vice versa. If that is actually case, then it must be concluded that ordinals carry attributive inflection, although it remains unobservable, since the stem of ordinals ends in schwa.

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