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    my older cousin brother

    For me, to determine studying abroad(overseas) was a hard(difficult) decision.While deciding a university to enter, with the help ofmy cousin, I came to think about studying abroad, and I applied for a university in the UK(or in England).

    Can you say "my older cousin brother" or do you just say "my cousin" irrespective of gender or age? In Korea, where everything is hierarchical", appellations are quite complicated depending on age and relationships. You have tons of appellations for each of your family members and relatives, but they don't exist in English, I think.

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    Re: my older cousin brother

    They do not. You can specify that he was an older cousin, but you certain would not say "Older cousin brother."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: my older cousin brother

    A person can't be both your cousin and your brother at the same time. I am talking about the term "brother" to mean a male relative who has the same parents as you. I am aware that the term "brother" is used in many cultures to refer to someone who doesn't fit that definition.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: my older cousin brother

    The gender of your cousin is irrelevant in this context.

    If it ever is important, you can say '...with the help of my male/female cousin'.

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