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    is the following sentence incorrect n if so then why
    all my female cousins are not intelligent but are honest.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by aasia View Post
    is the following sentence incorrect n if so then why
    all my female cousins are not intelligent but are honest.
    Please ask your question properly using the correct punctuation and capitalization.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Aside from the missing capitals and punctuation, what do you think is NOT correct?
    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: use of cousins

    There's also a clipping (n). Anyway, I think there is a missing preposition between "all" and "my cousins". I don't usually put together "all" and "my" just like that. However, if it's just "all" followed by any noun, the preposition is not used.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    You can say all my cousins or all of my cousins​- the preposition is optional.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by aasia View Post
    is the following sentence incorrect n if so then why
    all my female cousins are not intelligent but are honest.
    I would rewrite it and use something like:
    My female cousins aren't very intelligent, but they're all honest.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Actually this question was asked in a class test for sentence correction as follows
    Question: My all cousin sisters are not intelligent but they have honest.
    I wrote : All my female cousins are not intelligent but are honest.
    Teacher wrote: All my cousins are not intelligent but have honesty.
    n I disagree with my teacher...m looking for sum one to guide me properly.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by aasia View Post
    Actually this question was asked in a class test for sentence correction as follows
    Question: My all cousin sisters are not intelligent but they have honest.
    I wrote : All my female cousins are not intelligent but are honest.
    Teacher wrote: All my cousins are not intelligent but have honesty.
    I disagree with my teacher. I'm looking for someone to guide me properly.
    Your sentence is better than your teacher's, but it's still not natural English. Tdol gave you a good alternative in post #6.

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by aasia View Post
    n I disagree with my teacher...m looking for sum one to guide me properly.
    You should write " I disagree with my teacher, and I am looking for someone to guide me properly."

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    Default Re: use of cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would rewrite it and use something like:
    My female cousins aren't very intelligent, but they're all honest.

    Personally, I wouldn't include 'all' because stating 'My female cousins' already specifies the amount. In that wording, it is obvious that the person is referring to all of his female cousins.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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