I want to describe the position of letter “e” starting from right hand side, what should I use?
“e” is the last third letter.
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“e” is the third last letter.
“e” is the last but two letters.
Which one is commonly used? Or other ways to describe it?
Typically you”d expect to hear:
“e” is the third from last letter
“e” is the third to last letter
and you may sometimes hear
“e” is the last but two
The common usage would be “third to last”. If you need a weird word, use antepenultimate or propenultimate:
“Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.”
This book has ten chapters — chapter 8 is the antepenultimate one.
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