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    Barren

    Hi guys,

    "His wife is barren". Is it correct to say if a person's wife cannot give birth to a baby?

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    Re: Barren

    By dictionary definition, it is correct. However, that word is quite old and may be considered impolite. It is probably better to say that his wife cannot have children.

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    Re: Barren

    I haven't heard that word used for years (in that context). Generally, we know say "Unfortunately, his wife can't have children/is unable to have children/is unable to conceive/is infertile". It's not generally the kind of personal information that you would spread around about someone else's wife.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Barren

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not generally the kind of personal information that you would spread around about someone else's wife.
    I thought that was the main function of Twitter and similar antisocial sites.

    PS: They still use it in the New International Version of the Bible.
    https://www.biblegateway.com/quickse..._version=NIVUK

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    Re: Barren

    Oh, I don't think that little nugget of info is personal enough or mean enough for Twitter!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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