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I'm making a website that has search results, and I hide some of them

I want to show the user that some are hidden

Which one should I say?

  • Showing first 25 results only

or

  • Showing 25 first results only

edit: I've seen questions like this What is the rule for adjective order?

But I was wondering what to do when you have 2 adjectives of the same kind. Or Perhaps "first" and "25" are not of the same type?

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  • Have you tried searching for say "first 100 results" and "100 first results"? – Edwin Ashworth May 23 '14 at 18:57
  • Yeah and I results with both. I just wanted to see which one was the correct use. – Pacane May 23 '14 at 19:00
  • @Pacane Just think it through logically. To begin with you need the definite article. 'The first 25 results' means results numbers 1 to 25. But 'the 25 first results', is a bit ambiguous and could imply that there were 25 things that were equal first. – WS2 May 23 '14 at 20:28
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    @Pacane: I checked Google Books, but there weren't really enough results results to be conclusive. On the other hand, searching for "the first 100 applicants" yields 1250 results, as compared to none at all for "the 100 first applicants". That should be a pretty big clue as to what people use (though why might be harder to answer). – FumbleFingers May 23 '14 at 20:57
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Showing first 25 results only

Is correct. You aren't showing the first result 25 times, you are showing the first 25 results one time.

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Just think it through logically. To begin with you need the definite article. 'The first 25 results' means results numbers 1 to 25. But 'the 25 first results', is a bit ambiguous and could imply that there were 25 things that were equal first.

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