forth and fourth - the difference

Fourth relates to the number four (e.g., fourth place).
Forth usually means forward or onward.

Do not confuse forth and fourth, which sound identical.


The word forth (without u) is an adverb meaning forward or onward (e.g., from this day forth, bring forth, go forth).  It can also mean come out into view (e.g., Come forth from the crowd).

  • Put a cherry on top the first cake, then the second, and so forth.
  • (and so forth = more of the same)
  • I need to be present at the meeting to put my ideas forth.
  • (to make the ideas apparent, i.e., to bring them into view (figuratively))


The word fourth (with u) relates to the number four. It can be a noun (e.g., one fourth, i.e., a quarter), an adjective (e.g., the fourth car) or an adverb (e.g., the new driver came fourth).
Select the correct version:



The word fourth (with u) relates to the number four.


The word forth shares the same first three letters as forward.

The word forty (which obviously relates to the number four) is not spelt with a u. (This is a common spelling mistake, particularly in handwritten text.)

professional grammar checker

What are adjectives?
What are adverbs?
What are nouns?
List of easily confused words
professional grammar checker
Follow Us on Twitter Like us on Facebook by Craig Shrives Search
professional grammar checker

Search Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter
Chat about grammar Ask a Grammar Question