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how will you ask the chronological order of something in english

"Ako ang ika-apat na anak" "Pang-ilang anak ka?"

in english:

"I am the fourth child"

now, how will ask this if you want to know the chronological order of someone's birth.

the word "pang-ilan" in filipino ask for the chronological order. i searched the net but the answers are far..

help.help.help.

For learning: Filipino (Tagalog)
Base language: English
Category: WK087

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    dude as i know theirs some tagalog words that dont have direct english term.like the one you asking.


    cowboy...

    hi closetoyou,

    just to echo what roi g mentioned, sometimes there are no direct translation of tagalog sentences into english (and you just proved it, didn't you?).

    "pang-ilang anak ka?" if translated directly to english would sound awkward!

    my suggestion is to invert the question to a 'direct YES-NO question':

    "are you the first (for instance) child of your parents?"
    "no!"

    "2nd?"
    "no"

    "oh, you must be the third child, aren't you?"
    "yes!"

    by the way, Kabayan, keep up on this site. I'm sure you would enjoy it!

    :)

    it might be more direct to ask:
    "how many older siblings do you have?" ____
    "so you are the ___"

    instead of asking over and over if they are first, second, ...

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