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    Smile Was born to an Irish family

    Hello. I was just reading about the recent death of Peter O'Toole and found the expression "was born to an Irish family". I'm familiar the the meaning of "born to" as a way of expressing that someone possesses a certain ability to do something. From the context, I know it's referring to in the family he was born, but is the first time I encounter it like that. Does it has other uses?

    O’Toole was born in either 1932 or 1933 to an Irish family, and grew up in Northern England.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Was born to an Irish family

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello. I was just reading about the recent death of Peter O'Toole and found the expression "was born to an Irish family". I'm familiar the the meaning of "born to" as a way of expressing that someone possesses a certain ability to do something. From the context, I know it's referring to in the family he was born, but is the first time I encounter it like that. Does it has other uses?

    O’Toole was born in either 1932 or 1933 to an Irish family, and grew up in Northern England.

    Thank you!
    "Born to a(n) XXX family", means that was the person's heritage. It should be no surprise that someone named O'Toole was Irish.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Dec-2013 at 10:19. Reason: typo

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