Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default What was my English teacher?

    My English teacher asked me a question and I answered him , " I am the third bairn in my family."
    Can you tell me what my English English question was?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,554
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    "Bairn" is Scots English or north-east English dialect for "child".

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    Quote Originally Posted by anahita
    My English teacher asked me a question and I answered him , " I am the third bairn in my family."
    Can you tell me what my English English question was?
    The question could have been 'Are you the oldest child in your family?'

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    Dear Mr. Queenbu, I understand your mean but I want to know Which word we can use instead of " Are you the oldest....... . " .
    Suppose there are some cars in a line beside each other in a parking , now I want to ask you (......... ? ) car is yours? first car ? second car ? third car ?
    or.......... . ( Please don't say to me,(which car ) no, no , I know this word,
    I am looking up another word ) I need a sentence that has been started with -Wh- or - Ho- ( for example : Which or how ...... ? my mean is the number of car.I don't know ,perhaps I must say ," which number is your car" and he will say for example , " The third car.")
    Do you know my mean?
    With thanks.
    Your answer is very important fo me. I'm in a hurry.I'm completely mixed up.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    Are you looking for the word 'position'?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    What is your position in the family?

  7. #7
    navi tasan is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,940
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    Hi everyone,

    I am not a native speaker, but I think I understand what Anahita is looking for. The word she is looking for exists in some languages, but not in English.

    A-Counting from the left which car is your car?
    The third car.

    B-Counting up from the oldest child which child are you in your family?
    The fifth child.

    Nobody would say sentence B in English though. They would just ask:
    'How many older brothers and sisters do you have?'

  8. #8
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,276
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    I agree with Navi Tasan that it's difficult to find a natural question for this in English. If the number of siblings has been established, you could ask something like 'Where do you come?', but it would require context and wouldn't work in isolation. You could try 'Are they older or younger?'

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    So you don't like the 'position' question? I've read many psychological reviews about sibling position.

  10. #10
    navi tasan is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,940
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What was my English teacher?

    Hi Queenbu,

    I didn't say I didn't like it. The thing is that you can't use that expression when you are talking about cars or other things (how many cars did you have before this one?). I thought Anahita was looking for a word that simply doesn't exist in English.
    As for 'What is your sibling position', I have to admit that I didn't know that expression and I learnt it from you. Thanks. I did a google word search and found that it did exist. I don't know if it is an expression an average native speaker would understand. It might be a 'technical expression'. I wonder what TDOL and others think about this.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Help
    By zhangjin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 29-Mar-2008, 19:47
  2. Is it right?
    By Genrikh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Dec-2005, 15:59
  3. English teacher for footbaler needed!
    By Lgylsen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18-Oct-2005, 10:13

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •