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    What is the ordinal status of the Rajiv Gandhi among the prime ministers of India? Can we ask this question in another way

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    What is the ordinal status of the Rajiv Gandhi among the prime ministers of India? Can we ask this question in another way
    You could say, "How many prime ministers did India have before Rajiv Ghandi?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say, "How many prime ministers did India have before Rajiv Ghandi?"
    When I was younger I always thought that English language has sure a word to ask about "ordinal status" of things, a word just like "when", "what", "who", ... . But I was disappointed later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say, "How many prime ministers did India have before Rajiv Ghandi?"
    What is your ordinal status among the children of your father? Can I ask this question, like this, Which of your father's children are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    What is your ordinal status among the children of your father? Can I ask this question, like this, Which of your father's children are you?
    No, not really.

    One way we obtain this information is to ask, "Are you the eldest?" The answer then comes as, "No, my brother is older than I".

    We are generally not as interested in this information as people in some cultures are.

    pd. You are not the first to ask this type of question, as you 'll see here:
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    "nth"?
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    please help me with these questions
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