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    #1

    Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Hello.
    'Once upon a time, there was an old man ...' is often used in storytelling.
    Is 'Once upon a time, there was a grandfather ...' possible?

    (I know they don't mean the same, but the problem is that we have exactly the same Japanese word for 'a grandfather (grandmother)' and 'an elderly/old man (woman)'. We use the word in storytelling.)

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    If he had kids who had kids, yes. But yes, "grandfather" does tend to make one think of an older man.

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    #3

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Many a grandparent is under 30.

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    #4

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Many? A baby at 15, who had a baby at 14?

    In any case, if you used "grandfather" instead of simply "old man" I would expect his children/grandchildren to figure in the story somehow.

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    #5

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Many a grandparent is under 30.
    In real life, but less so fairy tales.

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    #6

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Many? A baby at 15, who had a baby at 14?
    It depends on your definition of "many" but unfortunately in quite a lot of areas of the UK, the daughter of a teenage mother is very likely to go on to become a teenage mother herself. Perhaps not 14 or 15, but certainly 16-year-old mothers are more common than most of us think is sensible/acceptable. A few months ago, a 13-year-old girl and her 11-year-old boyfriend had a baby.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Once upon a time, there was a grandfather...

    Teen pregnancy is a big problem in the U.S. as well -- although a grandparent at 30 would be rare.


    --lotus

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