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How to ask There are about 10 bikes on the line. I need to know where the bike of my friend, if we count from the left? Is it the first or the second or the last. How to ask?What is the number of your bike from left? Is it correct?
Feb 3, 2016 1:58 PM
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I think that you are looking for a question word that doesn't exist. It would be convenient if the English language had an ordinal question word to correspond to 'first', 'second', 'third' and so on - a word like 'Whatth' of 'Whichth' - but unfortunately, it doesn't. Here are some examples of conversations that can never happen: My birthday's in April. April the whatth? The 10th. I've got four sisters. Me, too. I'm the eldest. What about you? You're the whichth in your family? I'm the second. These handy ordinal question words have yet to be invented, so we just have to ask in other ways, such as 'Where do you come in your family?' or 'Where's your bike in the line?' or (more simply) 'Which one is your bike?' and then you'd just answer 'The third from the left'. There are always ways of getting round these gaps in the language.
February 3, 2016
Which bike is yours? (They will respond: it's the 4th one along, for example)
February 3, 2016
Here is an example: Question: Which bike is yours? Answer: It is the third from the left/right. If they say left - you count 3 bikes from left. If they say right count 3 from the right.
February 3, 2016
Your friend should tell you if its on the left or on the right. If its on the left, it can be the first, second, or third one on the left and vice versa for the right. You can ask : is your bike on the left side or the right side?
February 3, 2016
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