a kind of twin

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Ju

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How do we call a kind of twins (human beings) whom were born with parts of their bodies, even organs attached. Surgeries always found unsuccessful to the majority of the cases.

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How do we call a kind of twins (human beings) whom were born with parts of their bodies, even organs attached. Surgeries always found unsuccessful to the majority of the cases.

Thanks.

"How do you call ...? means by what method do you get someone's attention.

With 'call', with the meaning you intend here, Ju, we use 'what'.

What do you call the kind of ...

With 'say/pronounce' we use 'how'.

"How do you say the kind of twins where ... "

Martha: How do you call your kids for lunch when they're all over the farm.

Jill: Oh, I use that big dinner bell on the porch. I got tired of yelling.

I believe that these types of twins are called Siamese Twins.

See also,

https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/60074-how-call.html
 

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They used to be referred to as Siamese twins, since the most famous ones, Chang and Eng Bunker, hailed from Siam. However, today the correct terminology is conjoined twins.
 

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That's right, Ouisch. Thanks a bunch.

No prob. Hope I didn't sound like Miss Crabtree correcting you or anything..... :puppydog:
 

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No prob. Hope I didn't sound like Miss Crabtree correcting you or anything..... :puppydog:

Not in the least, Ouisch. It's for the students' benefit that we do this.

I actually knew the word but too many years abroad has left me unexposed to these "new" words. In some ways, as regards vocab, I'm just like an ESL. I've noticed this happening to me a number of times.
 

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Not in the least, Ouisch. It's for the students' benefit that we do this.

I actually knew the word but too many years abroad has left me unexposed to these "new" words. In some ways, as regards vocab, I'm just like an ESL. I've noticed this happening to me a number of times.
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Riverkid,

What do you mean by saying "Not in the least"?

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Riverkid,

What do you mean by saying "Not in the least"?

ju

It was connected to what Ouisch said, Ju, like this.

Ouisch: Hope I didn't sound like Miss Crabtree correcting you or anything.

riverkid: Not in the least/not at all/I didn't think of it that way at all/ ...
 
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