'He was born the second of five children.'
I think this is correct, but how about the following expression?
'He was born the second of two children.'
I guess 'the second of two children' sounds strange.
Is the form OK?
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'He was born the second of five children.'
I think this is correct, but how about the following expression?
'He was born the second of two children.'
I guess 'the second of two children' sounds strange.
Is the form OK?
Hello Peppy
Both sentences are grammatically correct. However, it would be much more idiomatic to say:
1. He was the second of five children.
2. He was the second of two children.
(The "being born" is implicit.)
All the best,
MrP
He was the younger of two children.
And why not of the two children?
Either is correct in the same contexts?
[1] He is the second of two children.
[1] He is the second of the two children (that) we spoke about earlier.
The determiner the is a definer. It defines 'two children". That is,
A: Which two children?
B: The two children we spoke about earlier.
Hope that helps. :-D
Happy New Year! :smilecol:
Thank you, Cas,
(In my mind I can't help saying mama Cass and I visualise a large lady with a kind round face:-) )
Somehow it seemed to me the phrase implied they had been spoken of before.
OK, that's clear enough.
Best wishes for 2007!
You're most welcome, and you're very kind. Thank you. :-D