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    stepbrother" and "half-brother

    Hi,

    Are "stepbrother" and "half-brother" the same thing? Do they mean the same?

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    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    Yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    No. You and your half-brother share one biological parent. Your stepbrother is the son of the new spouse of your mother or father and someone else.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    In my experience step-brother is often used in both situations.
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    #5

    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    That surprises me. AmE speakers keep the terms distinct. You are biologically related to your half brother but not to your stepbrother.
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    #6

    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    I'm with GoesStation here. Stepsisters and stepbrothers are sort of "inherited" family members. They suddenly become your step-siblings when one of your parents gets together with someone who already has children with someone else.

    A half-brother or half-sister has either the same mother or the same father as you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: stepbrother" and "half-brother

    Just to confirm, they are intended to mean different things. 'step-' means something like not 'blood-related' whereas 'half-' refers to breeding.
    bhaisabab's experience is extremely irregular.

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