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    a third, the fourth

    He has four sons: One is tall, another is short, a third is fat, the fourth is thin.

    Is the above sentence correct? Can we use "the third" in the above sentence?

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    Re: a third, the fourth

    I'd say 'He has four sons: one tall, one short, one fat and one thin.'

    If you start to include ordinal numbers, you are implying that you are putting them in descending age order.

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