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    aijex ijaz Guest

    Default Asking questions in English.

    Hi. I'd like to know how one can phrase an explicit and direct question so as to elicit the specific answer, 'I'm the fourth [eldest] child of my father'. You see, in the Dhivehi vernacular and in many other languages this is possible, whereas English seems to be lacking in any common and straightforward construction to bring fourth an answer in the nature of: I'm the third/second etc. child of my father.

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    I'm the eldest\youngest- in between we use ordinal numbers.

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    Default Re: Asking questions in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by aijex ijaz
    Hi. I'd like to know how one can phrase an explicit and direct question so as to elicit the specific answer, 'I'm the fourth [eldest] child of my father'. You see, in the Dhivehi vernacular and in many other languages this is possible, whereas English seems to be lacking in any common and straightforward construction to bring fourth an answer in the nature of: I'm the third/second etc. child of my father.
    Prompting is commonly used,

    Q: Are you the eldest~oldest or youngest (person in your family)?
    A: I'm the

    eldest~oldest
    youngest
    2nd eldest~oldest
    middle child
    baby of the family
    2nd child
    3rd of four children
    an only child

    All the best,

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