Dear Forum, I wonder how languages you know ask the value of ordinal numbers. In other words, how do they demand the hearer the value for "nth" as in, "Bill Clinton is the nth president of USA"? Japanese can use a direct Wh-question to elicit the answer for the above question. ビル・クリントンは何番目のアメリカ合衆国大統領ですか。 Bill Clinton-wa nam-bamme-no Amerika Gasshūoku Daitōryō desu-ka. BC-TOPIC Wh-ordinalPosition-GEN USA president copula-Question. The answer would be; 42番目の大統領です。 42 bamme-no daitōryō desu. 42 ordinalPosition-GEN president copula. [He] is the 42nd president. In short, X-bamme-no (of Xth position) can take the Wh-morpheme and yield nam-bamme-no (of Whth position). Mandarin and Turkish can use a Wh-question if I remember correctly. In contrast, many languages such as English, French and Italian seem to be unable to make a Wh-question to ask directly an ordinal number. What constructions do those languages use in order to elicit the answer, "BC is the 42nd president"?