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    Obama is 44th president of US

    Obama is 44th president of US.

    what is the question form of it? In my mother tongue I could ask the question in just three words. But in English I couldn't.

    What is the ordinal of Obama in the chronological list of presidents of US?

    The above question is the best I could come with.

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    #2

    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    We are asked this type of question several times a year. Here are some of the threads in which it has been discussed: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/g...ow%2520manieth

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    #3

    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Obama is the 44th president of the US.
    Note that regardless of the number value, you'll need a definite article before it, both in the affirmative and interrogative forms.
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    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We are asked this type of question several times a year.
    I guess it will float around until English creates an answer for it.

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    #5

    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    Try this (like it's done here):

    What number president is Obama? (by Will Cleveland, Mark Alvarez, and Tate Nation)

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    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    There are many attempts to solve the conundrum, but until one is adopted by the wider speech community, we will always be left without a clear answer. Given that the question comes from non-native speakers, it suggests that native speakers don't see the issue, other than ESL teachers.

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    #7

    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    The search engine still does not work at my end.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    Try clicking on the link and then on 'Did you mean: how%20 manieth'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Aug-2016 at 13:47.

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    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    I think everyone is making a big deal out of it. Even I, someone whose native language (unfortunately) is not English, had thought of the "what number president is X?" variant, which I then googled up. English is the RICHEST language on Earth, and it's just a matter of doing a little thinking before you arrive at something that's going to work.
    Last edited by Bennevis; 23-Aug-2016 at 19:06. Reason: edited a typo

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    Re: Obama is 44th president of US

    Is there a simple answer in other languages?

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