Student or Learner
When you ask someone if they have siblings, how do you ask?
1 Do you have any brothers or sisters?
2 Do you have any brothers and sisters?
3 Do you have any siblings?
Of the three above, which is common?
Perhaps this is a BrE/AmE distinction, but I disagree. I wouldn't use "and" with a question beginning with, "do you have any..." I think the most common form is, "do you have any brothers or sisters?" followed by "do you have any siblings?" You can also ask whether someone is "an only child," meaning s/he has no siblings.
Last edited by Heterological; 11-Jul-2010 at 23:42.
Either 'and' or 'or' in BrEng - it's 50/50 for me personally.
Even if they were all boys, that sounds more natural to me.
However, I agree with "Do you have any..." that I would use the "or" version.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.