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    Have a baby?

    Hi! Can I use 'to have a baby' when I refer to a male (i.e. a man's wife gives birth to a child, hence the man' has a baby').
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    Re: Have a baby?

    It's unusual, but becoming less so with changing views about sex roles.

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    Re: Have a baby?

    I've heard it used, but (as a female) it sounds strange to me. I remember once at work my boss gave me a note saying "On your way back from lunch can you please pick up a card for all of us to to sign for Fred Smith (one of our truck drivers)? He just had a baby." I purchased the card and gave it back to Boss with a note of my own: "I sure hope Fred delivered via Caesarian section."

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    Re: Have a baby?

    Does "have a baby" ONLY mean "give birth to a baby"?
    Can the sentence "She had the baby in our house" only mean she gave birth to the baby in our house, or is it possible that she was in our house with her baby?

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    Re: Have a baby?

    Context would tell you what you meant by that.

    Oh, Lucy had her baby? When? Where?
    Ans: She had her baby in my house.
    [She gave birth there]

    Lucy is so afraid of germs. She had her baby in my house, and the moment my son sneezed, she had little Jack out of there faster than you could blink. [She was in the house with the baby.]
    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.

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    Re: Have a baby?

    We do hear couples say "Were having a baby" and to say that "the couple had a baby." Its not usual, though, to talk about a man having a baby.

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