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    about "family"

    It seems that the word family may also refer to children. In the dictionary, to "start a family" means to conceive one's first child. Then is it possible to interpret this phrase as "to get married"? I think if you get married, even if you don't have any child, you also form a family. In Asia, we sometimes say to "start a family", which means to get married. I wonder if in English, this is also acceptable.

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    Re: about "family"

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    In the dictionary, to "start a family" means to conceive one's first child. Then is it possible to interpret this phrase as "to get married"?

    No, "to start a family" means to start having children.
    "They got married last year but won't start a family until they're financially secure".

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    Re: about "family"

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    No, "to start a family" means to start having children.
    "They got married last year but won't start a family until they're financially secure".
    Thank you very much! By the way, do you say "They got married and formed a new family" in which the word "family" does not refer to child? Or maybe in English this kind of expression is unnatural?
    And does "a large family" refer to a lot of chidren or to a family where parents and grandparents and children all live together?

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    Re: about "family"

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    To me, "They got married and formed a new family" is not a natural English expression for the meaning you want.
    In my experience "a large family" means a family where there are a lot of children.
    Grandparents, aunts and uncles etc, are considered to be part of the "extended family".

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    Re: about "family"

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    In the dictionary, to "start a family" means to conceive one's first child. Then is it possible to interpret this phrase as "to get married"?
    Definitely not.

    It might surprise you to learn that many couples conceive children without going to the trouble of getting married first.

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    Re: about "family"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Definitely not.

    It might surprise you to learn that many couples conceive children without going to the trouble of getting married first.
    Or finding out each others' last names.

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