I am looking for some common questions used to ask about a person's birth order in their family (to ask if he/she is first, second, third, etc. child). Do the following questions sound natural? Where do you come in your family? How-manyth child are you in your family?

Are there any other alternatives?

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  • No, neither sounds natural. What's wrong with just asking what place they are in their family's birth order as you said? – Rome_Leader Jun 28 '16 at 11:23
  • OK, "what place are you in your family's birth order?" , Is it the only way to ask that question? – Persique Jun 28 '16 at 11:36
  • What is your birth rank or order, Or how is your birth placed among siblings? – Narasimham Jun 28 '16 at 11:47
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    It's not the only way, but it's how I'd expect to see the question phrased, and everyone should understand it. You could also consider splitting it into two questions: "How many children are in your family?" and "Which sibling are you? (oldest, youngest, etc.)" – Rome_Leader Jun 28 '16 at 12:11
  • I wonder why nobody answers this question😞 there are only comments😉 – Persique Jun 28 '16 at 13:03

In my experience, the most common way to approach this line of questioning in a conversational setting is:

"Are you/Were you (depending on whether the subject is child/adult) The 'big brother/sister' or the 'baby'?"

In most cases this is a sufficient prompt to the other person that you are inquiring about their birth order. You may also be treated to an overview of their family history/dynamic/dysfunction.

In a non-conversational setting, the easiest way to ascertain the information is:

Your name:______ Your age:_____

Your siblings and their ages:___________________

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