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    When someone used the word "brother" in the context. How we know that it means younger or elder brother?

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    What context do you mean? You said the contex. Do have any particular context in mind?

    Generally, if John has two brothers, and one of them is older and the other one is younger than John, then the word "brother" alone doesn't tell us which brother is talked about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njt2009 View Post
    When someone used the word "brother" in the context. How we know that it means younger or elder brother?
    I think we can't know that unless the speaker wants to add the 'big/older' or 'little/younger' to this word.

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    John will go to Singapore to visit his friends, while his brother, Jim, will be home to look after their parents.

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    No, if we don't know that from another source, we can't know whether he's older or younger than John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    No, if we don't know that from another source, we can't know whether he's older or younger than John.
    ... or a twin, the same age.

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