Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. englishhobby's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,681
    #1

    foster brother/adopted brother?

    A person's foster brother is someone who the person's parents are looking after as part of your family for a time, without becoming their legal parent.
    And if the parents adopt this child (if they become his legal parents), what is the word to combine with 'brother'? Can I say 'He is my .... (adopted?) brother'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 9,381
    #2

    Re: foster brother/adopted brother?

    Yes. He's an adopted sibling.
    I am not a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,516
    #3

    Re: foster brother/adopted brother?

    Parents who adopt children say 'Montague is our son'/'Deirdre is our daughter'. They don't mention 'adopted': it's nobody's business but their own, and (ideally) they treat them as equals to their own children.

    I hope they all encourage their own children to refer to Montague and Deirdre as their brother and sister so as not to draw attention to the adoption.

  2. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,399
    #4

    Re: foster brother/adopted brother?

    However, the expression 'he/she's adopted' can be used for humorous effect, even if it's not true. It's a way of humorously distancing yourself from a family member who's doing something embarrassing. The idea being that the behavior must be inherited from the birth parents because they'd never have learned that from their family.

    "Is that your brother up there pole dancing?"
    "Yeah, but he's adopted."

    "Your family is kind of weird, you know?"
    "I'm actually adopted."

    My cousins and their parents all frequently publicly deny blood kinship to offending nuclear family members who are guilty of "questionable" public behavior.

    My aunt has even gone so far as to refer to her "adopted husband".
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

Similar Threads

  1. He is my brother vs He is a brother of mine
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Aug-2014, 16:26
  2. foster and adopted
    By Jenny Nguyen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Jun-2014, 01:15
  3. [Vocabulary] My older sister / brother, my big sister / brother
    By englishhobby in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Nov-2012, 22:33
  4. stepbrother / half-brother / blood brother
    By English4everyone in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 20-Nov-2012, 16:43
  5. half-brother / step-brother
    By amigo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2005, 06:10

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •