Tom is his third kid [how to ask]

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Robby Zhu

Senior Member
China - Mandarin
Tom is his third kid,but i don't know that.
If I want to make a inquiry about the number"third",what should I say?
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I think you mean what question you should ask about Tom to get the answer that he is his parents' third child.
    There is no simple way to ask that. You would have to phrase it indirectly, for example "How many elder siblings does Tom have?" Then, if the answer is "Two", you know he is the third.
     

    Robby Zhu

    Senior Member
    China - Mandarin
    thanks to you all
    what about "What number is Tom among his children"
    Does it make sense?
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    If you wanted to ask it formally, you could say, 'What is Tom's birth order in the family?' but this would sound strange in a social situation.

    See Birth order - Wikipedia
     
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    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    In an informal conversation I would try "fishing":

    Which of your sons is Tom? Is he the eldest/youngest/middle one?
     
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