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01:35 Mar 31, 2002
Tagalog to English translations [Non-PRO] Law/Patents - Government / Politics / politics
Tagalog term or phrase:pang-ilang presidente si Reagan?
Ex. answer to that kind of question, Reagan is the _th president.
Explanation: My suggestion.
Yes I agree with Cecilia and Jake, it's perplexing.
The above metioned translation is the normal type of question. And I guess, the closest translation is to completely change it.
Explanation: Ang tawag ng 'first, second, third, fourth, fifth,...' and so on order is what we call an Ordinal Number. Ang opposite nito ay ang tinatawag nati'ng Cardinal Number which is 'one, two, three, four, five,...' and so on. 'Ilan' refers more to a Cardinal number which if added with a prefix 'pang' or 'ika' would more likely refer to, this time, an Ordinal Number. 'Pang' or 'ika' prefix calls for a number designating the place (as first, second, or third) occupied by an item in an ordered sequence. I hope this makes a total sense for all. Mabuhay!