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    My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    My brother-in-law and my mother-in-law are very friendly.

    Cam I rephrase the sentence as follows?

    My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    Thanks.

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    Re: My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    My brother-in-law and my mother-in-law are very friendly.

    Cam I rephrase the sentence as follows?

    My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    Thanks.
    I wouldn't, the meaning is less clear.

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    Re: My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    I understood your written thread title perfectly, Tan Elaine, but in speech you can't hear the first hyphen.

    I'd write it out in full as bhai recommends.

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    Re: My brother- and mother-in-law are very friendly.

    In case you care, in writing, it's called the suspended hyphen.

    But hey, you could always say "My husband's brother and mom are very friendly."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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