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Can I use "grand grand grand father" to indicate my father's father's grand father?

If it is eligible, is it grammatically correct? I mean there are three consecutive adjective without comma to separate. Or it's ungrammatical but still usable?

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    Great-great-grandfather would be preferred
    – Au101
    Dec 24 '16 at 22:41
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In English the expression for your grandfather's father is "great-grandfather". Your great-grandfather's father would be your "great-great-grandfather". And so on.

Generally we don't use more than two "greats", but sometimes people will say something like "my great-great-great-great-great-(etc.)-grandparents" to mean their ancestors. You don't have to be exact, although you can be if you actually know your exact family history.

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  • I've also heard used "third-great grandfather" for your great-great-grandfather's father.
    – BLT
    Dec 25 '16 at 5:19
  • @BLT I've never heard that, but it might be used somewhere outside my experience.
    – Andrew
    Dec 25 '16 at 5:21
  • I still wouldn't say it's common, and it might not be understood everywhere, then. Good to know.
    – BLT
    Dec 25 '16 at 5:28

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