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People say "families" could only mean "husband, wife, and kids". Is that true? Could "families" also mean "siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren"? What is the widest border for "families"? Aslo, is there any difference between "families" and "relatives"? Thanks a lot!
I think the answer to this is a mixture of personal and cultural issues, and can change according to circumstances. During my life in the UK I would always include my brother as a member of my family. Quite often in BE people use the phases "immediate" or "close" family, which tends to limit it to parents, children and often siblings. But, a "family gathering", such as at a wedding or funeral, would include almost anyone who is related to you - including distant cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.Originally Posted by emily wong
Living in Spain I realise that, for a mixture of personal cultural and historical reasons, most people here would include grandparents and grandchildren and more as family/immediate/close family.
A relative is any member of your family - and this can definitely include what BE speakers call "distant relatives" - people who you know you are "related to" but in such a complicated manner that you may not know how!