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    Hi,

    Please help me in framing a right question for the following sentence, the
    answer is the word in quotes within the sentence. I wish to make a question to get the number as the answer.

    Bill Clinton is the "42nd" president of America.

    Thanks
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    Hi,

    Please help me in framing a right question for the following sentence, the
    answer is the word in quotes within the sentence. I wish to make a question to get the number as the answer.

    Bill Clinton is the "42nd" president of America.

    The question will be:

    Who is the "42nd" president of America?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESL-lover
    Hi,

    Please help me in framing a right question for the following sentence, the
    answer is the word in quotes within the sentence. I wish to make a question to get the number as the answer.

    Bill Clinton is the "42nd" president of America.

    The question will be:

    Who is the "42nd" president of America?
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    Thanks for answering my message.
    But this is not the question I'm looking for. As I said in my original request, I am looking for a question to get the number as the answer.
    eg.
    1.Is Bill Clinton 41st or 42nd president?
    When I don't want to refer to any number: Is the following correct?:
    2.What number of President of America is Bill Clinton?
    Can you suggest a correction or a better question.

    Thank you in advance
    Natarajan

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    There are a couple of ways to do it.

    A "fill in the blank" type question
    1) George Washington was the first President of the United States. Which President was Bill Clinton?

    A multiple choice type question
    2) Bill Clinton was the

    1. 40th President
    2. 41st President
    3. 42nd President
    4. 43rd President

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    Another possibility:

    Which (ordinal number) presidency was Bill Clintion's?

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    The trouble with all of these questions is that the answer contains all the information, where a natural one would probably contain a pronoun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The trouble with all of these questions is that the answer contains all the information, where a natural one would probably contain a pronoun.
    What would be an example of that? <curious>

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    Another possible question:

    What ordinal number designates Bubba's presidency? _ :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The trouble with all of these questions is that the answer contains all the information, where a natural one would probably contain a pronoun.
    What would be an example of that? <curious>

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    Another possible question:

    What ordinal number designates Bubba's presidency? _ :wink:

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    What the questioner needs most might be the answer given by Ron as "which presidency is Bill Collition's? " from which you will answer with "42th" only which is just what the questioner want to make.
    Hope I make myself understood :P :);)

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    Which (ordinal number) presidency was Bill Clinton's?

    The 42nd
    It was the 42nd
    He was the 42nd

    It sounds a bit strange to have both his name and his number- we'd normally replace the one featured in the question to focus on the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The trouble with all of these questions is that the answer contains all the information, where a natural one would probably contain a pronoun.
    What would be an example of that? <curious>

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    Another possible question:

    What ordinal number designates Bubba's presidency? _ :wink:

    8)
    What the questioner needs most might be the answer given by Ron as "which presidency is Bill Collition's? " from which you will answer with "42th" only which is just what the questioner want to make.
    Hope I make myself understood :P :);)
    Yes, but who is Bill Collition? :wink:

    8)

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