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    #11

    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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    #12

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    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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    #13

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

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    #14

    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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    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 ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #16

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    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.
    Dear native English speakers of this forum,
    Please, always point out my grammatical mistakes, assuming you have "the time and the inclination". That is really the most effective way for me to improve. Thank you very much.

    Please note that I am NOT an English teacher.

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    #17

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    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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    #18

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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!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #19

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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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    #20

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    All of us? Even the learners whose language does not use the term half-brother. If so, that's fantastic!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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