1. ## Besides

She said, "We are a big family--there are six of us children--so it's always a lot of fun."

Q: How many kids are there in the woman's family besides her?

Is the Answer five(6-1=5) or six?

How can I rewrite the question without causing a misunderstanding?

Should I write " How many other kids are there in the woman's family besides her? "

Thanks

Jason

2. ## Re: Besides

Hi,

"How many brothers and sisters/siblings does she have?" minimizes, if it does not eliminate, the possible misunderstanding.

charliedeut

3. ## Re: Besides

I'm confused as to whether the "she/her" in the piece is a child or a woman. If she is a woman, she can't say "There are six of us children". But if she's a child, then the question "How many other kids are there in the woman's family besides her?" doesn't make any sense.

Does the family consist of a woman and her six children? Does it consist of a woman and her five children, making a total of six people?

4. ## Re: Besides

She is a child herself and has five brothers and/or sisters. So how to ask this question?

If a question is "How many kids are there in the family besides her? ", should I answer "five" or "six?

Thanks again!

Jason

5. ## Re: Besides

Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000
She said, "We are a big family--there are six of us children--so it's always a lot of fun." Including the woman. She is one of six children.

Q: How many kids are there in the woman's family besides her?

Is the Answer five(6-1=5) or six? 5

How can I rewrite the question without causing a misunderstanding?

Should I write " How many other kids are there in the woman's family besides her? " "Other" is not necessary and redundant. "Besides" is sufficient providing the initial statement was/is provided and it is clear that the woman is one of the children. Also, it would help if you avoided the term "kid(s)" if you are speaking about adult members (children) of the family.

Thanks

Jason
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