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English does not seem to have an interrogative ordinal such as how-many-eth and I can say most of you have heard of or taken part in debates over this issue before. While I heard some people call it a serious handicap for English, I always thought there must be a way to get around the problem. But honestly, I haven't made much progress in getting around the problem.

Here is a statement as an example: Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of America.

Of course, we can't ask: How-many-eth President of America was Abraham Lincoln?

I was wondering if you could share your ideas and suggest what you would consider the best way to ask questions to get an ordinal as the answer.

marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Dec 22 '12 at 13:27

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • Please search the site before posting. As you can see, this question got asked dozens of times already, including at least once for the exact same sentence, at least once for Washington, and at least four times for Obama. – RegDwigнt Dec 22 '12 at 13:33
  • @RegDwighт: Unfortunately, no duplicates were shown while I was typing the question. I sincerely regret adding this question. – user32480 Dec 22 '12 at 13:45