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    Mr. X is the seventh president of the United States of America.

    How do we frame a question to get the underlined words as the answer?
    What is the question word used in the English Language to address the needs of ordinal numbers?

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    Re: question word

    Hi bala, great minds think alike, ha?
    Just go through this:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...challange.html

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    Re: question word

    I am rather surprised and disconcerted that such a living language does not have the resources to express some such key ideas. Does that mean that English people do not have to frame such questions?

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    Re: question word

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    Mr. X is the seventh president of the United States of America.

    How do we frame a question to get the underlined words as the answer?

    What is the question word used in the English Language to address the needs of ordinal numbers?
    Q: Which president is Mr X?
    A: Mr X is the 7th president.

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    Re: question word

    But,Mr Soup,
    The question word "which" doesn't refer to an ordinal number. So it can't be the right answer to my question. I am asking you whether there is any question word in the English language to denote an ordinal number.

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    Re: question word

    English is flexible. You can use "which" in this question - it is perfectly normal and acceptable. You can also ask

    Where does Mr X come in the list of US Presidents?
    In the Presidential lists, where does Mr X come?
    Which President was Mr X?

    All of these can elicit the answer "Mr X was the 7th president".

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    Re: question word

    Incidentally, can one use the preposition 'in' with the word 'list'? I have always seen people use it with the preposition 'on'.

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    Re: question word

    You put something on a list and can find something in a list.

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    Re: question word

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    I am asking you whether there is any question word in the English language to denote an ordinal number.
    There is. It's which or what.

    _____________
    In your language what do call the midline groove in the upper lip that runs from the top of the lip to the nose? In English, most people have no idea what it's called, or that it even has a name. Some call it an angel's cradle. Its anatomical name is philtrum. Does it have a name in your language?
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    Re: question word

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    But,Mr Soup,
    The question word "which" doesn't refer to an ordinal number. So it can't be the right answer to my question. I am asking you whether there is any question word in the English language to denote an ordinal number.
    I have come across this question, which seems to be an English language exercise, before on another site as well.

    The only wording I can think of that should guarantee the required answer is 'What ordinal number president of the USA is Mr. X?' If you don't specify ''ordinal'' number, you may get the answer 'number 7'.

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