Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    ratóncolorao is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    438

    Two first sons

    I would like to know if the following sentence is grammatially correct and meaningful :

    The two first sons were born in February.

    If it is, is there any difference in meaning with regard to this other one?

    The first two sons were born in February.

    Thank you

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,220

    Re: Two first sons

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    I would like to know if the following sentence is grammatially correct and meaningful :

    The two first sons were born in February.

    If it is, is there any difference in meaning with regard to this other one?

    The first two sons were born in February.

    Thank you
    Well, "the two first" would be incorrect if you're talking about one mother having two baby boys. Her "first two" sons were born in February, but of course that would mean they were twins.

    Were the 2 boys born to 2 different mothers?

  3. #3
    ratóncolorao is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    438

    Re: Two first sons

    Imagine a mother who has five children and the first two were born in London while the rest of them were born in Paris.

    Would it be possible to say Her two first sons were born in London......

    I realize that the example given in the previous post was not very good.

    Thanks

  4. #4
    Offroad's Avatar
    Offroad is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Brazilian Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    2,807

    Re: Two first sons

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, "the two first" would be incorrect if you're talking about one mother having two baby boys. Her "first two" sons were born in February, but of course that would mean they were twins.

    Were the 2 boys born to 2 different mothers?
    What if the first son were born in February 2008 and the second in February 2009?

    Her first two sons were born on different days, years, but the same month!

  5. #5
    2006 is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,087

    Re: Two first sons

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    What if the first son were born in February 2008 and the second in February 2009?

    Her first two sons were born on different days, years, but the same month!
    Of course, that's correct.

  6. #6
    2006 is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,087

    Re: Two first sons

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Imagine a mother who has five children and the first two were born in London while the rest of them were born in Paris.

    Would it be possible to say Her two first sons were born in London......
    No, a mother can have only one 'first son'.
    Her first two sons were born in London....

    I realize that the example given in the previous post was not very good.

    Thanks
    2006

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •