Correct spelling, explanation: as the word form twenty-second ends with nd the number form should also end with nd. This is why 22nd is the correct form.
22th is incorrect because the full-word form doesn’t end with th. Th ending can be used in ordinal numbers ending with th, for example seventh (7th). Therefore 22nd is the correct way to write this ordinal number.
Definition of 22nd:
numeral, the ordinal number between 21st and 23rd
I’m 22nd in the oral exam tomorrow, so I do not have to rush.
This is my 22nd time in Paris. I just love this city.
Incorrect spelling, explanation:
22th is incorrect since the word twenty-second ends with nd, not th. According to this rule, ordinal numbers in their numeral forms end with a sound that their full-word forms end with. Therefore 22nd is the correct form here – twenty-second gives nd ending, hence 22nd.
✔ Click to open Free Grammar, Style and Spell Checker
Still not sure?Ask your question in our comments section below (we reply to all comments within 24 hours)
or return to main search.
2 thoughts on “22nd vs 22th”?
WhichIsCorrect.com takes no responsibility for all the incorrect language advice posted in the comments section below. Our moderators only check the spelling and punctuation of posted comments.
Looks that this is a reliable spelling guide if you ask me.
Good comparison. Lucky me I recently found your website by googling. I’ve bookmarked it for later dictionary issues!