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    Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    When I was in the elevator, a lady came in with two big shopping bags. I wanted to help her to press the button. I asked "Which floor?" She said "Three". I wonder if it is possible to say "Three" instead of "Third"?
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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    We do it all the time. If several people are on the elevator somebody might say to the one closest to the buttons: "Three, please!" Somebody else might say: "Four, please!"

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    I don't think you would help her press the button. Instead, you would press the button for her.

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    We do it all the time. If several people are on the elevator somebody might say to the one closest to the buttons: "Three, please!" Somebody else might say: "Four, please!"
    Is it strange for native speakers to say "Fourth, please!"?

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    No.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No.
    Is it strange for native speakers to say"Third, please!"?
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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    No, not at all. It's perfectly natural to say "three please" and "third please". The same applies to 1, 2 4, 5, etcetera.
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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is it strange for native speakers to say"Third, please!"?

    Nobody would, I think, think it strange.

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    There's nothing wrong with using the ordinal form but it's far less common, in the UK at least. Most of us simply use the cardinal number because that's what's written on the buttons inside the lift.

    Which floor?
    Three.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Dec-2015 at 08:47. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Say "Three" instead of "Third"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is it strange for native speakers to say"Third, please!"?
    No, and this would be the preferred form in most contexts when the buttons in the elevator/lift were not visible.

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