Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Greek
      • Home Country:
      • Greece
      • Current Location:
      • Europe

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 2
    #1

    2 questions needing answers

    Hello, everyone
    I'd like to know whether you can say: There are four members in my family.
    I stumbled upon it in my coursebook and it made me feel awkward as I've been guiding my students towards avoiding saying that. Instead I told them to say :There are four people in my family.
    Could both of them be correct?
    One more question is whether we can say: I was smoking when I was a teenager as an equivalent to : I used to smoke/ I smoked
    Thanks for the hospitality
    stel1

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 967
    #2

    Re: 2 questions needing answers

    I'd like to know whether you can say: There are four members in my family.
    There are four people in my family.
    Could both of them be correct?

    I agree with you. Your solution is much more common in NA English, though both are correct. We would most often refer to 'members of my family, though we would not say "There are four members of my family."

    One more question is whether we can say: I was smoking when I was a teenager as an equivalent to : I used to smoke/ I smoked
    I think not. We would not say "I was smoking when I was a teenager" We would say instead, 'I smoked when I was a teenager' or 'I smoked as a teenager' or simply, 'I used to smoke'.


  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #3

    Re: 2 questions needing answers

    stel, welcome to Using English.


    In the future, it would be better to break your questions into separate threads and give each thread a title that tells us what you're asking about.

    For example:
    Members or people in my family?
    and
    I was smoking/I smoked

    The reason we ask you to keep the quesions separate is that if people want to discuss one in more depth, you might have three replies on that topic, and then someone else has a comment on the other question, and the thread becomes a mess.

    I hope that won't be the case here, since you got two good answers to your questions right away.
    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.

Similar Threads

  1. HR questions ( answers please)
    By intezar.khan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 22-Sep-2011, 12:41
  2. the answers of questions
    By parsa874900 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Mar-2010, 20:06
  3. 6 of 13 questions and answers
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Jun-2009, 08:30
  4. [Idiom] 2 questions, thank you for your answers
    By dodonaomik in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jun-2009, 16:55

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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