We provide a pure algebraic version of the first-named author’s dynamical characterization of the Conrad property for group orderings. This approach allows dealing with general group actions on totally ordered spaces. As an application, we give a new and somehow constructive proof of a theorem first established by Linnell: an orderable group having infinitely many orderings has uncountably many. This proof is achieved by extending to uncountable orderable groups a result about orderings which may be approximated by their conjugates. This last result is illustrated by an example of an exotic ordering on the free group given by the third author in the Appendix.
"A new characterization of Conrad's property for group orderings, with applications." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 9 (4) 2079 - 2100, 2009. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2009.9.2079