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    #1

    appropriate word

    Dear all,

    If you say "I only have two children", it means you have two children and you think the number is small.

    So, if you want to say you have five children and you think the number is large, what would you say?

    I have [ ] five children.

    I tried to come up with a word or phrase to fill in the blank, but I couldn't.

    I think "no less than" or "as many as" doesn't fit here because it sounds like you don't know the exact number of your own children.

    If there's not a word or phrase for the blank, how do you express the message using a different sentence?

    Thank you

    OP

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    Re: appropriate word

    I can't think of an word to put there to convey the meaning you intend.

    I would probably say something like: I have a big family; I have 5 children.

    Or, possibly: I have all of 5 children.

    With either one, I would stress 5. That would imply that I think it's a large number of children.

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    #3

    Re: appropriate word

    I don't think calling others' questions "stupid" is very helpful.

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    #4

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    I've deleted the offending post.
    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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    #5

    Re: appropriate word

    You could make a little joke of it:

    I've got a lot of children - five at the last count.

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    #6

    Re: appropriate word

    I have no fewer than 5 children- To me, this does not sound as if you don't really know how many, but a way of telling me it's a lot, though I could probably work that out anyway.

    And please can we leave terms like stupid for squabbles in the playground rather than bringing them into discussions. Thanks

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    Re: appropriate word

    Tdol, thanks for your post

    I bet you can assume other Japanese learners may have the same question as me. In Japanese, it's easy to say this. If you say "kodomo ga 5nin mo iru", it means I have five children and I think I have a big family. I happend to notice that it may be difficult to say it in English.

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 25-Oct-2010 at 13:58.

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