assume there are some people discussing a book.

one would say page number n, paragraph m.

another one would say page number n, the third last paragraph.

is it a idiomatic expression? or there is a more idiomatic expression?

to get more guarantee, I've googled following 3 expressions

"the third last paragraph" gets About 14,900 results.

"the last third paragraph" gets About 3,730 results.

"the 3rd last paragraph" gets About 2,120 results.

I cannot imagine more possible expressions that may be more clear and idiomatic.

any clue would be appreciated.


“the third last paragraph” is correct.

The same way as the nth most, and "the 2nd most" will get you a lot of results.

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