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How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)?

I am the third daughter of my parents.

How should a question that is answered with the above sentence be framed?

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'Among your sisters, where do fall with respect to birth order?'

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I am the fourth child of my parents.How to frame a question that gives this answer? –  GPEnglish Feb 5 '11 at 19:05
'Among your SIBLINGS'... –  Chris B. Behrens Feb 5 '11 at 19:21
that sounds correct.But never heard anyone using that expression –  GPEnglish Feb 5 '11 at 19:32
This option seems extraordinarily formal. @nohat’s suggestion seems much more natural! @Chris: surely ‘sisters’ is correct, not ‘siblings’, since the desired answer is ‘third daughter’, not ‘third child’? –  PLL Feb 5 '11 at 23:18
I think you forgot the you, as in "...where do you fall..." –  Jimi Oke Feb 6 '11 at 1:48

“How many older sisters do you have?”

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Where do you fall in birth order among your siblings?

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"Are your siblings older or younger than you?", or perhaps "Are you the oldest?" or "Are you the youngest?"

The term birth order would only be used in a scientific context. Even siblings is relatively formal, you'd more often hear "brothers and sisters".

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