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I would like to know the Question to ask for which we get a reply like...

“Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of India.”

I want the rank which Manmohan has.....

(Not a question like “Who is the Fourteenth Prime minister of India?”) I need Fourteen as the anser when inquired about Manmohan Singh.

I appreciate your help...

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You can ask a question that will give you about the same information: "How many prime ministers of India have there been before Manmohan Singh?" (13)

Or: "How many prime ministers of India have there been?" (14)

If it is multiple choice, then you can ask:

"Which prime minister is Manmohan Singh?

(a) The thirteenth.
(b) The fourteenth.
(c) The fifteenth."

One Web page (no longer up) suggests some questions that are awkward but do the job:

"Which number (of) prime minister of India is Manmohan Singh?"

"With regard to the succession of prime ministers of India, what is the ordinal position of Manmohan Singh?"

Jun-Dai September 30, 2004, 2:24am

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Jun-Dai is admirably correct. The usage I personally find clearest is, "Which prime minister...."

speedwell2 September 30, 2004, 8:14am

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Hi Jun-Dai,

Thank you !

I presume the last one to be the most appropriate...

Regards,
Ram.

ramalingamchelliah September 30, 2004, 8:27am

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Alternate take on this:

I was talking to some of my co-workers about this question today (using US Presidents as the example), and someone suggested:

"George Washington was the first President of the United States, and John Adams was the second; what is the current President?"

speedwell2 October 1, 2004, 2:09pm

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And the correct answer to that question would be: "a moron."

Jun-Dai October 2, 2004, 3:20am

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Hmm, it may be a grammatical mistake to troll grammatical questions with political views. :p

IngisKahn October 4, 2004, 12:46am

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Manmohan Singh is the " how manyth" prime minister of India?

raybid October 19, 2004, 12:50pm

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Thanks, raybid! You made my day. :D :D

Perenna October 24, 2004, 10:38am

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"How manyth..."

Love it, love it. It is utterly wrong and utterly right at the same time.

speedwell2 October 24, 2004, 4:27pm

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I second that raybid!
And thanks Ramalingam for posting the question. I've been asking around my work place for this and no one seems to know. To them it's something they never think [to ask].

Unggit October 29, 2004, 11:56am

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do not understand

me October 29, 2004, 12:16pm

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Q. Complete this sentence: "Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of..."

Patrik October 30, 2004, 7:55am

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The problem is that English is not mathematically complete.... Please forgive me for duplication of info, but I didn't read all comments 'cause I'm lazy (except with apostrophes). What you are looking for is the word "Whicheth" which does not exist. "Whicheth prime minister of India is Manmohan Singh?" is the only question which is guaranteed to yeild the desired response, given that the recipient of your importune is aware of its intended meaning. (Correction apparently somebody has coined the term how-manyth, but I'm biased to whicheth, 'cause I've been using it for years) The problem with "Which prime minister..." is that I could always respond "The one with the grey hair," or some such nonsense, and still answer correctly.

ozecha November 8, 2004, 3:45pm

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Forgive me for being didactic about a word that does not even exist, but I believe that if it did exist it would actually be spelled "whichth."

"Whicheth" sounds like the kind of fake King James Bible speech that we used to get in trouble for when we did in church as children: "Blessedeth be-eth they-eth thatteth mourneth, for they-eth shalleth be-eth comforted. Eth."

Heh.

speedwell2 November 9, 2004, 6:10pm

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"What is the Prime Ministerial cardinality of ..." ;-)

spaztic November 18, 2004, 2:19am

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Hi,
"Prime Mininsterial Cardianlity" seems to be perfect..

I like other replies too... "how manyth" , "whicheth"

Thank you one and all...


One of my colleagues asked me this question, I posted it here... ;-)

Thank You !

Regards,
Ram.

ramalingamchelliah January 4, 2005, 1:00am

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Myself: "What place in succession does Manmohan Singh have?"

You: "I believe he is the fourteenth, my good fellow."

OR, ALTERNATIVELY

You: " I believe he has the fourteenth place in succession, my delightful companion"

Nigel February 26, 2005, 7:25pm

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For what value of n is Manmohan Singh the nth Prime Minister of India?

Persephone Imytholin February 26, 2005, 11:07pm

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Ha! I got it...

"What number is Manmohan Singh in the succession of Prime Ministers of India?"

This will return "fourteen," but, understanding the intent of the question, many people will probably answer "He's the fourteenth Pime Minister."

speedwell2 February 28, 2005, 8:05am

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Though it is very tempting to use words like whichth and howmanyeth I believe that the right usage is the word cardinality.

What is the Prime Ministerial cardinality of ManMohan Singh

What is your cardinality of birth

Though the use of the word Cardinality for this particular usage has not been documented in any Dictionary, i believe it has been used by other writers before overlooked during the making of Dictionary

Jyothish N Pillai March 6, 2005, 2:40am

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I am sorry, I correct my last Post

The word is not Cardinality but ORDINALITY

What is the Prime Ministerial ordinality of ManMohan Singh

What is your ordinality of birth

Jyothish N Pillai March 6, 2005, 2:51am

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Hi,
I Thank You All.
But I couldn't get a result for "ordinality" when I search in

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ordina...
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dict...

We may use ordinal position instead...

I really appreciate your help. Thanks !

Regards,
Ram.

ramalingamchelliah March 6, 2005, 10:38pm

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i would like to know right usage in given bellow
1. wat is the prime ministerial cardinality of manmohan singh

2. what is the prime ministerial ordinality of manmohan singh

shajesh84 March 13, 2009, 7:00am

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the correct usage is

what is the ordinal status of manmohan sing as prime minister of india

jaideep.menon March 20, 2009, 10:12pm

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While some comments are on the right track, I would suggest the somewhat simpler: "Ordinally, which prime minister if India is Manmohan Singh?" As mentioned above, cardinal is incorrect as it does not imply any information about order. Cardinal numbers are one, two, three; ordinal numbers are first, second, third.... Regarding the list of presidents in the US, cardinality simply refers to the total number of presidents, forty-four (possibly forty-three, as Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms?).

I wanted to suggest something about order of succession or sequence, but unfortunately, that would be incorrect as it already refers to the order in which other officers fill in if the president or prime minister leaves office. E.g., in the US, the Vice President, then Speaker of the House, etc., are next in the order of succession if the President can no longer serve.

porsche March 21, 2009, 9:37am

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Oops, sorry. That's "Ordinally, which prime minister of India is Manmohan Singh?", "of" not "if".

porsche March 21, 2009, 9:40am

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what is the ordinal status of manmohan singh among the prime ministers of india

ajudotcom July 16, 2009, 12:21am

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Which Prime Minister of India is Manmohan Singh?
What number Prime Minister of India is Manmohan Singh?
I think, these would be sufficient for the expected ordinal numbers.

udayaprakash123 November 12, 2009, 4:01am

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The correct way to ask is
What is the ordinal position of Manmohan singh among the Prime Ministers of India?
Never say ordinal status as commonly used, because the word status has more deep meaning.
Thank you

sunilkumarmanorama December 11, 2009, 12:18am

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Chronologically,which Indian prime minister is Manmohan Sing?

123muthoos June 3, 2010, 1:11pm

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what is the numerological position of Manmohan sing among prime ministers of india

arun.k.aravindh June 5, 2010, 7:49am

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what is the neumorological position of Prime Minister Manmohansing?

mplinto June 5, 2010, 7:51am

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The "numerological" position has nothing to do with the order. Numerology is the superstitious occult study of numbers (usually one's birthday) as they affect the outcome of our lives. It's the "astrology" of numbers. I don't think "neumorological" or neumorology is even a word.

porsche June 5, 2010, 9:21am

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I would go for this one:
What number of prime ministerial position does Mr. Manmohan Sing have?
What do u suggest guys?
Thanks
Riz

riznasp November 9, 2010, 5:33am

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Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. What number is Manmohan Singh?

chrisbolton20 November 9, 2010, 9:57pm

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WHAT IS THE ORDINAL NUMBER OF MANMOHAN SINGH AMONG THE PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA?

ANANTH. A March 9, 2011, 12:22pm

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I think,
What is the ordinal position(or number) of Manmohan Sing among the prime ministers of India?

Muhammed Basheer P April 13, 2011, 1:39pm

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I Think

What is the ordinal position of Manmohan sing among the prime ministers of india ? is the correct usage.

RUPESH May 22, 2011, 2:39am

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Hi frnd .. the correct question for this would be....

What is Manmohan singh's ordinal as the Prime minister of the India?

Lulu August 24, 2011, 9:20pm

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You can get the response you want by asking this question:

What does the following say: 'Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of India'?

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 12:47am

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The correct question would be:

What is the ordinal position of Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister of India?

Thomsson November 4, 2011, 5:22am

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As a prime minister of India ,Manmohan Singh holds which rank ?

omkar November 19, 2011, 2:58am

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What is the ordinal position of Manmohan Sing among the prime Ministers of India?

Rupesh Mohan November 19, 2011, 4:39am

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Thank you Mr Ramalingamchellia for asking such a question
I olso want to know the same mater. I got the solusionfrom your blog what I am searching for a long time and also thanks to the site

Deepu Mathew January 22, 2012, 9:38am

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What is the ordinal status of Barack Obama as the president of us?

Praveen February 1, 2012, 11:24pm

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I think the simplest one is " Which of the Indian Prime Ministers was Manmohan Singh?"

ralphido April 28, 2012, 1:29pm

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In the Indian Political History In which numerical order does our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Comes ?

vasanth May 16, 2012, 3:52am

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i think this is the correct question

What place in succession as a prime minister of india does Manmohan Singh have

Rauaf June 11, 2012, 12:53am

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What is the ordinal rank of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh?

j_j24 July 8, 2012, 2:21am

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which prime minister is Manmohan Singh according to his ordinal status?

haaarish d July 11, 2012, 10:17am

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where did we get the right answer?

gigglu July 22, 2012, 9:08am

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'What is the ordinal number/chronological order of Dr Manmohan Singh as the prime minister/among the prime ministers of India?

ASHER September 3, 2012, 7:37am

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chronologicaly which prime minister is Manmohan singh

Danish October 23, 2012, 8:45am

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what is the chronological order of manmohan singh among the PMs of india

vishnu November 18, 2012, 9:12am

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What is the cronological number of Dr. Manmoham Singh being the Prime Minister of India

Akhil March 6, 2013, 1:50am

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"What is the ordinal status of Dr.Manmohan Sing among the Prime Minister of India"

MUHAMMED IRSHAD April 25, 2013, 10:34am

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What is the order of succession Mr Manmohansigh as Prime Minister of India? or In what order does Mr Manmohansingh succeeds as PM of India?

T Thangaraj July 8, 2013, 5:33am

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I would like to know the Question to ask for which we get a reply like...

“Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of India.”

bency October 22, 2013, 7:22am

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1. WHAT IS THE ORDINAL RANK OF DR. MANMOHAN SINGH AS THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA
2.WHAT IS THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF DR. MANMOHAN SINGH AS THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

PIOUS MANOJ January 25, 2014, 12:43pm

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THE CORRECT ANSWER FOR THIS QUESTION IS
1) WHAT IS THE ORDINAL STATUS OF MANMOHAN SINGH AMONG THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTERS.

2)WHAT IS THE ORDINAL STATUS OF MANMOHAN SING AS THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA..

Sidhiq Ali. April 30, 2014, 5:31am

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What ordinal-number prime minister is Manmohan Singh?"

Dalwin Daniel June 8, 2014, 10:43am

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What is the chronological order of Manmohan Singh among prime minsters of India?

Vichu December 20, 2014, 12:32pm

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