Forth or Fourth?

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Forth or Fourth?

  • "Forth" means "forward" or "onward." For example:
    • Come forth.
    • From here on forth, I shall demand better service.
    • You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. (Author Khalil Gibran)
    • "Fourth" relates to the number four (e.g., fourth place). For example:
      • Mine is the fourth house on the left.
      • Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape. (Author Janet Fitch)
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    More about "Forth" and "Fourth"

    The words fourth and forth are different words. They are not different spellings under US and UK writing conventions.


    The word forth" (without "u") is an adverb meaning "forward" or "onward" (e.g., from this day forth, bring forth, go forth).

    Example sentences with "forth":
    • Put a cherry on top the first cake, then the second, and so forth.
    • (Here, "and so forth" means "and so forward," i.e., more of the same.)
    • I need to be present at the meeting to put my ideas forth.
    • (Here, "to put my ideas forth" means "to bring my ideas to the fore.")


    The word "fourth" (with "u") relates to the number four. It can be a noun (e.g., one fourth, remove the fourth) or an adjective (e.g., the fourth car, the fourth person).
    Four = Fourth

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

    Forth = Forward

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

    Forty Not Fourty

    Somewhat oddly, the word "forty" (40), which obviously relates to the number four, is not spelled with a "u."
    • I can't believe I'm fourty!
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    See Also

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