I'm talking to someone about our roll numbers. My roll number is 23 and her roll number is 30.

So what's the best way to describe it:

My roll number comes first.

My roll number comes before yours.

And if I'm telling my little sister about a number or a letter:

C comes first. (When she asks me "What comes first C or D?"

C comes before D.


45 comes first.

45 comes before 46.

What's preferred?

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Either way is correct. It's really just a matter of preference.

To me, it sounds better to say

X comes first.

because it doesn't mention the other option, and might be a bit more emphasizing. But then again, it's a matter of preference.

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