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When talking about grandparents, you can add "materno(a)/paterno(a)" to refer to a specific one. Example: abuelo paterno.

Is there a way to refer to a particular "bisabuelo(a)" (great-grandparent)?

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Is there any way to refer to a particular great-grandparent in English? – Javi Dec 7 '11 at 1:11
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I don't think there is a standard way. One way I've heard is:

El abuelo paterno de la madre de Juan

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Así lo veo yo. Hace muchos años me planteé esta misma cuestión y jamás oí ni leí nada que me dijera que existían tales palabras. – Nexus Dec 1 '11 at 15:23

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