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    Default stepsister, half-sister

    I'm getting a bit confused with family relationships (I get confused even in my mother tongue!); could anyone try to explain to me the exact meaning of stepsister and half-sister?
    According to my dictionary, your stepsister is the daughter of a person one of your parents has married; while your half-sister is the sister of only one of your parents.
    Can one of your parents be your stepsister's father or mother?
    I guess not, but it's not that clear!
    Is one of your parents your half-sister's father or mother?
    Do stepsisters have a blood connection? Do half-sisters have it?

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    stepsister = not related by blood
    half-sister = related by blood, either by the father's blood or the mother's blood.

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    Sue has a daughter (Mary) and Stan has a daughter (Barb). Sue and Stan met and got married, and now their daughters are step-sisters; they are not related by blood to each other. Two years later, Sue and Stan had a baby girl (Fiona). Fiona is a half-sister to both Mary and Barb. Fiona and Mary shares blood with their mother, and Fiona and Barb share blood with their father.

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    Thank you so much. You made all this so easy!

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    You're most welcome.

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