Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Sri Lanka

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 1

    Lightbulb Asking Questions???

    Question ----
    how to ask someone, which position/number(the order they born) among their family/brothers and sisters.
    Help me ask this question

    Examble answar ------
    I am the third in my family

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,755

    Re: Asking Questions???

    Quote Originally Posted by Bishrul View Post
    I have a question. How to do we ask someone, which position/number (the order in which they were born) they are among their family (brothers and sisters).
    Help me ask this question.

    Example answer ------
    I am the third in my family
    Hello, and welcome to the forum. Please look at the amendments I have made to your post above. Concentrate on the use of full sentences (the first sentence, for example).

    It's not really something we ask people very often, but I would use something like:

    - Where do you come in your family?
    - Are you the eldest of your brothers and sisters?
    - Do you have brothers and sisters? Are they older or younger than you?

    In BrE, I don't think there is one standard natural sentence which says what you want.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,269

    Re: Asking Questions???

    Bishrul, to add to what ems has just said, we get this question at least once a month.

    English does not have a way to ask "how manieth" so that you get "third" or "42nd" as the answer.

    Some have suggested elaborate and completely unnatural ways to ask the question that ensures the answer is an ordinal number (if the person you asked even understood you).

    In fact, if you want to know that Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, you can just say "What number president was Lincoln?" You may hear "16," but you'll probably hear "16th." Either way, you've still received the same essential information.

    I join ems in welcoming you to the forum.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Similar Threads

  1. Negative questions and tag questions ?
    By Assassin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 20-Sep-2016, 21:40
  2. Wh questions: the way I ask negative questions
    By MoHammaD_93 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Aug-2010, 16:01
  3. 2 questions
    By chum in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2007, 01:54
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-Oct-2006, 07:50
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2006, 01:00


Posting Permissions

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