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    " brother and sister". I looked it up in the dictionary and it says "fromal". Is there any other less formal word for it?

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    I can't think of one off the top of my head.

    The word 'brethren' is even more old fashion and formal. (brothers in religious orders)

    We wouldn't use the word 'siblings' in conversation when talking about our brothers and sisters but refer to them in a more personal way.

    'My brother and two sisters are coming to lunch on Sunday.'

    (As an example)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicchick View Post
    I can't think of one off the top of my head.

    The word 'brethren' is even more old fashion and formal. (brothers in religious orders)

    We wouldn't use the word 'siblings' in conversation when talking about our brothers and sisters but refer to them in a more personal way.

    'My brother and two sisters are coming to lunch on Sunday.'

    (As an example)
    "Sidligs" kind of offical and "smart"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    " brother and sister". I looked it up in the dictionary and it says "formal". Is there any other less formal word for it?
    I don't know of another collective word for "brothers and sisters", only "siblings". However, I don't think of "siblings" as particularly formal. It's a quicker way of saying "Do you have any brothers and sisters?" - "Do you have any siblings?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know of another collective word for "brothers and sisters", only "siblings". However, I don't think of "siblings" as particularly formal. It's a quicker way of saying "Do you have any brothers and sisters?" - "Do you have any siblings?"
    But do look it up in the dictionary! It says "forma". I have never got to hear that one in casual speech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    But do look it up in the dictionary! It says "forma". I have never got to hear that one in casual speech.
    I'll stick to advice given by the guy from London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    But do look it up in the dictionary! It says "forma". I have never got to hear that one in casual speech.
    I'm not disputing what it says in the dictionary! However, I'm simply saying that in my experience of everyday English, it wouldn't leap out of a sentence at me as particularly formal.

    Personally, I wouldn't be surprised to hear someone say in normal, informal conversation "Do you have any siblings?" It is, perhaps, less informal than "brothers and sisters", but in my mind, that doesn't necessarily make it formal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not disputing what it says in the dictionary! However, I'm simply saying that in my experience of everyday English, it wouldn't leap out of a sentence at me as particularly formal.

    Personally, I wouldn't be surprised to hear someone say in normal, informal conversation "Do you have any siblings?" It is, perhaps, less informal than "brothers and sisters", but in my mind, that doesn't necessarily make it formal!
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