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Could you tell me whether it is correct to say in English : "It was a brutal murder committed by two young men on a four-member farm family."
I am not sure if it isn't a calque from my mother tongue.
Thank you in advance, I would be grateful if you helped me
Thank you very much, now it's really better :)
It's "farm family" or "farming family," but "farm family" is more common in the United States. The reference is probably to the incident that inspired Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood. The murder occurred in Kansas, thus the American style is to be expected.
The issue with this sentence is the difficulty of managing the prepositional phrases.
I think the best rendering is:
It was the brutal murder of a four-member farm family, committed by two young men.
I also like:
It was a brutal murder -- committed by two young men -- of a four-member farm family.