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    second as an adverb

    Hello,

    I'm wondering whether it is correct to say the following thing:

    (looking at a list of several events) "So we see event (d) was mentioned first. Which one was mentioned second?"

    I know 'next' is a safe bet, but for some reason I wanted to use 'second'. I guess that doesn't work with 'third"?

    I'd be grateful if anyone could help me.
    Thank you.

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    Re: second as an adverb

    I think you could easily use it.


    Longman - second as an adverb

    come/finish etc second (adverb)

    I came second in the UK Championships.
    Tea is the most popular drink, while coffee ranks. (=comes) second.

    Hill finished third. (Oxford dictionary)

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    Re: second as an adverb

    All the ordinals can be used as adverbs. Your sentences are fine.

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    Re: second as an adverb

    So "Which one was mentioned fifth" is also fine?
    Looks like I need some rest. When I begin to think about what I say, I begin to have doubts. This is not normal, I guess.

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    Re: second as an adverb

    Yup.

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    Re: second as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    So "Which one was mentioned fifth" is also fine?
    Looks like I need some rest. When I begin to think about what I say, I begin to have doubts. This is not normal, I guess.
    Apart from the number overload, the question might make you feel dizzy might be simply that we don't often think in such a perfectly sequenced way. I would normally only be able to answer that question if someone had been taking minutes of the discussion.

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