1st hockey team/2nd swimming team

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jean-h, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. jean-h Member

    Korean - South Korea
    I am qutoing [Burger's Daughter] again. The main character Rosa is a school girl attending a private school for white English-speaking girls in South Africa.
    I wonder why '1st' and '2nd' are here. What do these numbers mean?

    Rosa Burger, about fourteen years old at the time, waiting at the prison in a browm gymfrock over a yellow shirt ......, was small for her age,
    slightly bottle-legged (1st hockey team) and with a tiny waist. ...From the side parting of her hair there was a strand that twirled counter to the lie
    of the rest and had bleached lighter due to contact with chemicals in the school pool (2nd swimming team) ...
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    The school has more than one hockey team: the best hockey team will be "the first hockey team." The school has at least two swimming teams: the best/better team will be "the first swimming team"; the one that is not quite so good will be "the second swimming team."

    A: "Are you in the swimming team?"
    B: "Yes."
    A: "Which one?"
    B: "I'm in the second team."
  3. jean-h Member

    Korean - South Korea
    Thank you very much! It makes sense now!;)

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