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in alphabetical order #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:36 am   in alphabetical order
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #285 "Basic Grammar Exercises (10)", question 5

Mr. Pratt, since the line is arranged in alphabetical order, you are to stand ......... Scott Jones.

(a) in the rear of
(b) among
(c) behind
(d) reverse

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #285 "Basic Grammar Exercises (10)", answer 5

Mr. Pratt, since the line is arranged in alphabetical order, you are to stand behind Scott Jones.

Correct answer: (c) behind

Your answer was: ?
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Hi teacher
since the line is arranged in alphabetical order, why Mr Pratt is to stand behind Mr Scott, not vice versa?
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in alphabetical order #2 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:17 am   in alphabetical order
 

The second man is not Mr. Scott. He is Mr. Jones. When dealing with alphabetical order of names, it is the surname (family name) of the people that takes precedence.
We don't know what Mr. Pratt's first (given) name is from this sentence. For purposes of this illustration I shall give him the name 'Scott' as well. So now we have Mr. Scott Pratt and Mr. Scott Jones.

Mr. Jones / Scott Jones / Mr. Scott Jones - surname: Jones.
Mr. Pratt / Scott Pratt / Mr. Scott Pratt - surname: Pratt.

In alphabetical order, Jones comes before Pratt. First (given) names are discounted unless two people have the same surname (family name).

Here is a list of names in alphabetical order:
Jack Evans
Colin French
Ben Haynes
David Hughes
Daniel Jones
Paul Jones
Peter Jones
Simon Jones
Carl Lewis
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in alphabetical order #3 (permalink) Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:01 am   in alphabetical order
 

why not: in an/the alphabetical order?
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in alphabetical order #4 (permalink) Sat Jun 04, 2011 13:13 pm   in alphabetical order
 

Hi Saneta,

'Order' is uncountable here.

[uncountable, countable] the way in which people or things are placed or arranged in relation to each other
The names are listed in alphabetical order.
in chronological/numerical order
arranged in order of priority/importance/size

The results, ranked in descending/ascending order, are as follows:
All the procedures must be done in the correct order.
Let's take the problems in a different order.
http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/order
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