# What is the best way to write this: "the 1st of May" ?

LuisA2Kwiziq community member

# What is the best way to write this: "the 1st of May" ?

For the above question, I am marked wrong for putting "le 1 mai", with the correct answer being "le 1er mai".

The lesson text implies to me that either are correct. It states that French dates require cardinal not ordinal numbers and includes "un (1)" in the list of examples of cardinal numbers. The "le premier (1er)" is then listed as an exception that "we do use". It is not clear from this whether "1er" must or may be used.

Hi Luis,

What it means is that you only use 'ordinal numbers' for the first of the month and cardinal ones for the rest of the month -

So you will have :

le 1er mai, le 2 mai, le 3 mai etc... le 31 mai

le 1er décembre, le 2 décembre ... le 31 décembre

1er = premier
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I agree, the lesson can be a bit misleading. The mention of "1 (un)" just serves to define what cardinal numbers are. With dates, you always use the ordinal number for the 1st of a month.

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Chris and Luis,

We have modified the explanation in the lesson so it is clearer.

Bonne Continuation !

LuisA2Kwiziq community member

Thanks, that clears it up!

Le premier Mai

# What is the best way to write this: "the 1st of May" ?

For the above question, I am marked wrong for putting "le 1 mai", with the correct answer being "le 1er mai".

The lesson text implies to me that either are correct. It states that French dates require cardinal not ordinal numbers and includes "un (1)" in the list of examples of cardinal numbers. The "le premier (1er)" is then listed as an exception that "we do use". It is not clear from this whether "1er" must or may be used.