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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's not that common in BrE.
    It's quite common in the world of teaching.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's quite common in the world of teaching.
    Hadn't thought of that - a school's entrance policy will probably mention 'siblings in previous intakes'. And it's common in the collocation 'sibling rivalry' (as is one other collocation with a 'sociological' feel - 'perr pressure'.)

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

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    'perr pressure'.
    Typo - it's 'peer pressure'.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    When my cat wants me to feed her and I don't want to get up, she applies purr pressure.

    But anyway, like I said, it's not that weird to casually use "siblings" here. "My siblings and I are planning a surprise party for my parents' 50th anniversary." That doesn't sound pedantic or scholarly.
    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When my cat wants me to feed her and I don't want to get up, she applies purr pressure.

    But anyway, like I said, it's not that weird to casually use "siblings" here. "My siblings and I are planning a surprise party for my parents' 50th anniversary." That doesn't sound pedantic or scholarly.
    As an only child, I have never had the need to utter such a sentence. However, my gut feeling is that the use of "siblings" becomes more appropriate the higher the number of siblings.

    If I had two sisters, two brothers or one of each, I would probably say "My sisters and I are planning ...", "My brothers and I are planning ..." and "My brother and sister and I are planning ..."

    However, if I had two sisters and three brothers, then I think I would be more likely to use "My siblings and I are planning ..."
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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When my cat wants me to feed her and I don't want to get up, she applies purr pressure.
    This must be a purr-fect way for her to gain your attention.
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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
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    However, if I had two sisters and three brothers, then I think I would be more likely to use "My siblings and I are planning ..."
    I'd raise the bar a bit; If, like my father, you had 9 siblings, maybe the word wouldn't sound over-formal. But I have 3 sisters and 1.5 brothers, and I I've always called them 'my brothers and sisters' (with appropriate epithets and synonyms from time to time ).

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    I know what you mean but I'm surprised no-one else has queried the fact that you have 1.5 brothers!
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    Re: brothers or siblings?

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    I know what you mean but I'm surprised no-one else has queried the fact that you have 1.5 brothers!
    Perhaps we all immediately realised that he had a half-brother.

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    Re: brothers or siblings?

    All of us? Even the learners whose language does not use the term half-brother. If so, that's fantastic!
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