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Dear Ted,
If you have a list of ten questions, could you refer to question number one in the following way:
"The top question". i.e. I"ll answer the top question.
Could you refer to question number two in the following ways:
A. "The question second from the top”
B.“The question second to the top”
C.“ The second from the top question”
D.“The second to the top question”
Could you refer to the third, fourth and fifth question in the same way?
Could you refer to question number ten in the following ways:
E.“The bottom question”
F.“The last question” i.e. I’ll answer the last question.
Could you refer to question number nine in the following ways:
G.“The second from the bottom question”
H.“The second to the bottom question”
I.“The second from the last question”
J.“The second to the last question”
K.“The question second from the bottom”
L.“The question second from the last”
M.“The question second to the bottom”
N.“The question second to the last”
Could you do the same thing with the eighth, seventh, and sixth question?
 If you have a list of five questions, could you refer to question number three as "the middle question"?

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Dear Glen:

If you have a list of ten questions, could you refer to question number one in the following way:
"The top question". i.e. I"ll answer the top question.

*** Yes, but you could also say, "I'll answer the FIRST question."

Could you refer to question number two in the following ways:
A. "The question second from the top”

*** YES
B.“The question second to the top”

*** NO -- This version sounds very, very strange and awkward.

C.“ The second from the top question”

*** YES

D.“The second to the top question”

*** NO -- "TO the top" is the problem; it should be "FROM the top."

Could you refer to the third, fourth and fifth question in the same way?

*** YES, as long as you don't use TO the top.

Could you refer to question number ten in the following ways:
E.“The bottom question”
F.“The last question” i.e. I’ll answer the last question.

*** YES -- for both.

Could you refer to question number nine in the following ways:
G.“The second from the bottom question”
H.“The second to the bottom question”
I.“The second from the last question”
J.“The second to the last question”
K.“The question second from the bottom”
L.“The question second from the last”
M.“The question second to the bottom”
N.“The question second to the last”

These are the correct ones:  G, I, J, K,L, and N.

*** I have not included any choice that has "TO THE BOTTOM."  

Could you do the same thing with the eighth, seventh, and sixth question?

*** YES
If you have a list of five questions, could you refer to question number three as "the middle question"?

*** YES.  The third question is exactly in the MIDDLE.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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