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

What will be the correct question to get an answer like "he is my second son". Here the actual answer is the word 'second', which denotes the order.

Can the phrase 'ordinal status' be used? Like "What is the ordinal status of Mr. Singh among the prime ministers of India"? Is this correct?

marked as duplicate by coleopterist, MetaEd, user16269, James Waldby - jwpat7, Rory Alsop Oct 15 '12 at 6:22

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    Your solution is not wrong, but I suggest it will be incomprehensible unless the answer is demanded of a mathematician. – MetaEd Oct 15 '12 at 5:49

How about "Where does your son fall in terms of your children's birth order?"

  • That's a good one! – thandasoru Sep 4 '14 at 4:03

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