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    It's the fourth generation to work here - meaning

    Hello again!

    As far as I know, superlatives and cardinal numbers + to infinitive can be used instead of relative clauses.

    For example: He is the first man to have done it = He is the first man who/that has done/did it.

    Does "It's the fourth generation to work here" mean "it's the fourth generation that works/has worked here".

    The general meaning is that certain work has been done for four generations.

    Thank you.

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    Re: It's the fourth generation to work here - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello again!

    As far as I know, superlatives and cardinal numbers + to infinitive can be used instead of relative clauses.

    For example: He is the first man to have done it = He is the first man who/that has done/did it.

    Does "It's the fourth generation to work here" mean "it's the fourth generation that works/has worked here".

    The general meaning is that certain work has been done for four generations.

    Thank you.
    No, it does not convey the meaning you have suggested. The closest in meaning to your phrase (which would need rewording) is that someone works there whose parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent worked there. For your meaning you could write: "We have been in business for four generations."

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