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    Default There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    I have a son and a daughter. My husband is the other member of my family.

    Which of the following should I say?

    There are three members in my family. OR
    There are four members in my family.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    You are a member of your family. So four.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You are a member of your family. So four.
    Where I live, it is common to write: There are four members in my family, including myself. Is this common among native speakers?

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    It's common enough if we think our listeners might be in any doubt about it.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    I would be far more likely to use 'people' rather than 'members' in that sentence.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Where I live, it is common to write: There are four members in my family, including myself. Is this common among native speakers?
    I have a question. Why did you choose "myself" instead of "me"?

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I have a question. Why did you choose "myself" instead of "me"?
    The reason is, as I said, it is commonly written as There are four members in my family, including myself.
    So, it should be "me". Thanks for the correction.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I would be far more likely to use 'people' rather than 'members' in that sentence.
    I would be far more likely to use 'people' rather than 'members. I would be far more likely.., Is there a typo? Thanks.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The reason is, as I said, it is commonly written as There are four members in my family, including myself.
    So, it should be "me". Thanks for the correction.
    My general rule is to use the regular objective pronoun if it works in a sentence. This helps prevent overuse of reflexive pronouns.

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    Default Re: There are three members in my famiily vs There are four members in my family.

    Common expressions among native speakers include:

    I belong to a family of four. (More likely in reference to your present family.)
    I come from a family of four. (More likely in reference to your parental family.)

    We are a family of four. Going back to your original post, I think this is by far the most natural and common expression.

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