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Hi,

I write this sentence but I don't know it's true.

My grandparents (or grandfather ?) had five children and my father was (or is ?) the third.

Wich one is correct? Is my sentence natural?

Could you suggest me the best sentence to represent my ideal?

Thanks in advance.
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My grandparents (or grandfather ?) had five children and my father was (or is ?) the third.

Your sentence is correct.

I would say, My grandparents had five children, of which my father was the third.

You may use present tense in your version, but it's more natural to backshift to simple past.
I would not use "is" in my version.
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AvangiMy grandparents (or grandfather ?) had five children and my father was (or is ?) the third.Your sentence is correct.I would say, My grandparents had five children, of which my father was the third.You may use present tense in your version, but it's more natural to backshift to simple past.I would not use "is" in my version.

hi Avangi,

thanks for your help.
Avangi it's more natural to backshift to simple past.
I agree. It may be because we are talking about the order of their birth, which is logically in the past.
AvangiMy grandparents (or grandfather ?) had five children and my father was (or is ?) the third.Your sentence is correct.I would say, My grandparents had five children, of which my father was the third.You may use present tense in your version, but it's more natural to backshift to simple past.I would not use "is" in my version.
My grandparents had five children, of which my father was the third.

Just to confirm. Should it be 'of whom' since here the reference is to people?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi, Yoong.
I thought about that, and decided the considerations were more clerical than personal.
In the final analysis, I went with my gut, simply asking myself which seemed more natural.
To be honest, I expected the objection to come sooner. Emotion: smile

Good to hear from you! [Y]

- A.
Hi Avangi

Glad to have your response to my asking for confirmation!