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    What is the question for these sentences?

    I asked the same question in Yahoo! Answers, and I am reposting it here. Please help me. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...9085403AA97NMk

    Please frame the question for the following sentences

    1. This is my third child.
    2. He is our 7th president

    Also consider these
    1. There are 5 children. You are asking a question to which the answer is This is my third child
    2. Please frame good questions. Please dont give any witty answer(however they are welcome)



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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    Welcome to the forums.

    Click here to read previous answers to this frequently asked question.

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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    See this thread too.

    You can enter "whichest" or "manieth" in the search box and find many, MANY threads on this.

    We don't have a good way to ask this. But I have yet to be convinced that if someone says "7" instead of "7th" you have lost any useful information.
    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.

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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    See this thread too.

    You can enter "whichest" or "manieth" in the search box and find many, MANY threads on this. Of course those are not real words.

    We don't have a good way to ask this. We do have a way. What 'ordinal number' president is President Obama?
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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    Oh sure. That's really natural. I hear that all the time.

    I am quite aware that "manieth" and "whicheth" are not real words. Did you think I wasn't? However, both are used in many, MANY threads that talk about this "problem" (which is not a problem for 99.9% of native speakers) and are therefore helpful search terms.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jun-2014 at 06:51. Reason: Tiny typo
    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.

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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    I see that you're having a baby. Is this your first one?
    No, this is my third child.

    (INFORMALLY) What number president was Andrew Jackson?
    He was our seventh president.


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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Oh sure. That's really natural. I hear that all the time. That's completely not the point! The point is that this question is being asked, and there is a real term, 'ordinal number', that is the solution.

    Wishing we had a word like 'manieth' and ignoring the real way to ask the question is quite off the mark, as far as I am concerned.
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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    I doubt whether most native speakers would understand "What is the ordinal number of X?"
    Anyhow, I think half of these questions are trolls. Or their mates are trolls. "Hey, here's a question to give those English boffins something to think about. Go on their website and ask for the question that will give 7th as an answer! LOL."
    I think 'whichth' is the word Barb is looking for. If it's not, I'll give it as a guide to some other threads on this topic.

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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    Here are some previous discussions on 'whichth':
    https://www.usingenglish.com/search/?q=forum%20whichth

    I think the problem might be teachers who keep setting the question for homework, which is why it gets asked again and again, like the prime offender "Angry" and "hungry" are two words in the English language that end in "-gry". What is the third word?

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    Re: What is the question for these sentences?

    That old riddle is not stated correctly. There are two words in in English that end in -gry, angry and hungry. What is the third word in the English language? Answer: language

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