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    immediate family

    Hello,

    immediate family


    Meaning: your closest relatives by birth, meaningonly your parents, brothers, sisters and children
    https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Collocations/I/immediate_family_3109.htm


    Spouses are not included in the Meaning.
    Why isn't it included?

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    Re: immediate family

    Because they can divorce. They are not married by birth.
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    Re: immediate family

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Because they can divorce. They are not married by birth.
    https://definitions.uslegal.com/i/immediate-family/

    Spouse is included in this definition. (Immediate Family Law and Legal Definition)

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    Re: immediate family

    'her immediate family (= her parents, children, brothers, and sisters)'—quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...te?q=immediate

    A legal definition can be different from a linguistic definition.
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    Re: immediate family

    Immediate family refers to the closest relatives. Comparing a definition from an English language learning website to a legal definition is not necessarily useful for a learner. I prefer the legal definition in this case.

    In the first link you provided, where they restrict the relationship to one of birth, they give the following example. 'After the accident, only members of her immediate family were allowed to see her.' I don't think that that anyone would stop the husband from seeing her.
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    Re: immediate family

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'her immediate family (= her parents, children, brothers, and sisters)'—quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...te?q=immediate

    A legal definition can be different from a linguistic definition.
    If parents are a component of an immdiate family, then the spouses comprising of the 'parents' in question is part of the immediate family.

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    Re: immediate family

    Quote Originally Posted by Soseki View Post
    If parents are a component of an immdiate family, then the spouses comprising of the 'parents' in question is part of the immediate family.
    Apart from the mistakes in that sentence, I agree with you entirely!
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    Re: immediate family

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Apart from the mistakes in that sentence, I agree with you entirely!
    What are the mistakes, please?

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    Re: immediate family

    'Spouses' does not agree with 'is'.
    'Of' should be omitted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soseki View Post
    If parents are a component of an immdiate family, then the spouses comprising of the 'parents' in question is part of the immediate family.
    The writer might think that the spouses are part of the immediate family of their daughter but not of their spouses.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 24-Sep-2017 at 10:14.
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    Re: immediate family

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The writer might think that the spouses are part of the immediate family of their daughter but not of their spouses.
    I can't quite understand what you mean by the above sentence.

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