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    Arrow Child By/With

    "He has a child by/with her."

    Would it be "by" or "with" here?

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    #2

    Re: Child By/With

    from/with her

    They have a child.

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    #3

    Re: Child By/With

    I don't mean "taking a child from", so "from" is probably not right.

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    #4

    Re: Child By/With

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolex_Cellini View Post
    from/with her

    They have a child.
    "From" is absolutely incorrect. Please remember to state that you are not a teacher/native speaker when attempting to answer.

    I would say "She had a baby with him."

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    #5

    Re: Child By/With

    So, "He has a child by her" is also incorrect?

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    #6

    Re: Child By/With

    No, it's not incorrect- it could be used where someone has had children by different women, for instance.

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    #7

    Re: Child By/With

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    So, "He has a child by her" is also incorrect?
    In a sexist quirk of the language, I think a woman can be said to have a child by a man, but I think Tdol's example would sound a bit odd - I'm not sure though...

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    Re: Child By/With

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In a sexist quirk of the language, I think a woman can be said to have a child by a man, but I think Tdol's example would sound a bit odd - I'm not sure though...

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    I agree.

    That woman has had six children by five different men.
    That man has had six children with five different women.

    The only reason I can think of for it, is that sentence 1 is saying that she was "made pregnant by" five different men.

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    #9

    Re: Child By/With

    It is used:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...ent-women.html

    However, reading your posts, I do agree that it sounds more natural with by five different men.

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    Re: Child By/With

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolex_Celini View Post
    737K hits for "has a child from * wife" in Google
    That proves nothing except you can't trust google for questions of correct use of language.

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