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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

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    So that's where Humbert got the idea.
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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

    OK. I haven't read the book yet, so we'll leave it at a single .
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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

    I agree with everyone else. Where I live, it's OK to call the daughter of your spouse a "stepdaughter" (or stiefdochter as it's called in Dutch) even if you haven't legally adopter her.

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    A half-daughter?
    I have never heard of a "half-daughter" (and I can't imagine how you can have a "half-daughter", she is your daughter or she isn't ), though to me that implies that you and your daughter are related. However, you and your stepdaughter do not share any genes*. Half-siblings share on average 25% of their genes.

    *Scientfically speaking this isn't exactly true, I said it for the sake of simplicity.
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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

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    It's a pity there's no other "better-sounding" term for the poor kids!
    People often skip the step- part.

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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

    To clarify, there is no term "half-daughter" or "half-son."
    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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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

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    I have never heard of a "half-daughter" (and I can't imagine how you can have a "half-daughter")
    Here's somebody's half-daughter.

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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

    . Note that the suggested term 'half-daughter' makes no genetic sense - it can't be done. Children that share one parent are half-brothers/sisters; half* their genes are the same. I suppose you could crefer to a man's niece as his 'quarter*-daughter' - we just don't.

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    PS * This was wrong; I was forgetting my Mendelian peas (let alone qs). I guess my 'quarter-daughter' should have been 'eighth-'. Biology was never my Thing.
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    Default Re: Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Children that share one parent are half-brothers/sisters; half their genes are the same.
    Full siblings share on average 50% of their genes with each other, half-siblings share only 25% on average.
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