Imagine having 10 items in a stack.
Which item would you like?
I'd like item number 3 as counted from the top.
No problem with this sentence. But what if I continue like this:
And you sir, which number of item would you like?
Is this last sentence correctly written? Is the
number of item correctly used?
If I said
number of items, then I would be referring to the total sum. I would be refering to the number 10, because there are 10 items in the stack.
Is it then correct to refer to a particular item inside the stack as a
number of item?
I know that the word
index covers this, such as in:
The index of the item I choose is 3.
But isn't the word
index far too technical? Can I use the above
number of item as a more colloquial way of saying it?
Some more examples:
I will decide which number/number of item/index to pick out later.
Apple number 5 looks rotten. Which number of apple looks the best?