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    #1

    brothers or siblings?

    Hi,

    Liza has one brother and one sister.
    Can I say?
    Liza has two brothers or the word brothers can only be related to males.

    Should I say Liz has two siblings?

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    #2

    Re: brothers or siblings?

    A brother is a male sibling.

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    #3

    Re: brothers or siblings?

    That's mean saying brothers is wrong when I am talking about one sister and one brother.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arara View Post
    That's means saying 'brothers' is wrong when I am talking about one sister and one brother.
    Clearly! Your sister is not male.

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    #5

    Re: brothers or siblings?

    See also the answers to beachboy's question in the Similar Threads below.

    You appear to have no single word in Italian for 'brothers and sisters', Arara.

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    #6

    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arara View Post
    That's mean saying brothers is wrong when I am talking about one sister and one brother.
    How would saying Liza has two sisters sound? Neither sentence works- sisters aren't brothers and brothers aren't sisters.

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    #7

    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Gilnetter's choices cover the ground: 'Either Liz has two siblings, or, Liz has a brother and a sister.' Bear in mind, though, that if you use the first option you'll run the risk of being mistaken for an anthropology text-book. Colloquial British English just doesn't have a sexless option.

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    PS Similarly 'uncles and aunts'.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    After seeing a few threads that mention siblings, I've come to the conclusion that the word is simply more common in the US. I find it very normal to mention siblings and I know I've others use the word in very casual settings. You'll even hear "sibs" as shorthand.
    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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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    It's not that common in BrE.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    After seeing a few threads that mention siblings, I've come to the conclusion that the word is simply more common in the US. I find it very normal to mention siblings and I know I've others use the word in very casual settings. You'll even hear "sibs" as shorthand.
    Yes, I started saying 'Colloquial English', but then thought maybe I should add 'British'. Good job I did

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