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DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:18:05 PM

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Hi teachers,

Peter and Molly are brothers.

Are these questions and answers natural?
1. How is Peter related to Molly?
He's her brother.

2a. Whose sister is Molly?
(She's) Peter's (sister).
2b. Whose brother is Peter?
(He's) Molly's (brother).

3a. Who is Molly?
(She's) Peter's sister.
3b. Who is Peter?
(He's) Molly's brother.


Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:47:21 PM

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DavidLearn wrote:
Hi teachers,

Peter and Molly are brother and sister.

Are these questions and answers natural?
1. How is Peter related to Molly?
He's her brother.

2a. Molly is whose sister?(This would be the more natural in AmE)
(She's) Peter's (sister).
2b. Peter is whose brother?
(He's) Molly's (brother).

3a. Who is Molly?
(She's) Peter's sister.
3b. Who is Peter?
(He's) Molly's brother.


Thanks.
DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:54:42 PM

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DavidLearn wrote:

Peter and Molly are brother and sister. Oops! You are right!

Are these questions and answers natural?
1. How is Peter related to Molly?
He's her brother.

2a. Molly is whose sister?(This would be the more natural in AmE) Got that.
(She's) Peter's (sister).
2b. Peter is whose brother? Got that.
(He's) Molly's (brother).

3a. Who is Molly?
(She's) Peter's sister.
3b. Who is Peter?
(He's) Molly's brother.


Thanks for your help, FounDit.


tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:55:28 PM
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You wouldn't say "Peter and Molly are brothers". What you mean is "Peter and Molly are brother and sister" or "Peter and Molly are siblings". Questions 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, and 3b are all correct and grammatical, and so are the answers to those questions.

However, I have to say that the questions are not exactly "natural", in the sense that they're not likely to come up in a real conversation in quite that form. They might come up in a similar form, though. For example, I can imagine Anna and Bob chatting at Molly's party. Anna says, "Who's that over there? I don't think I've met him." Bob answers, "Oh, that's Peter. He's Molly's brother." (It's likely Bob would give further information about Peter in his reply, such that he might say "That's Peter, our hostess Molly's younger brother. I spoke to him earlier. He teaches at Osteen University.")
DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:00:55 PM

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tautophile wrote:
You wouldn't say "Peter and Molly are brothers". What you mean is "Peter and Molly are brother and sister" or "Peter and Molly are siblings". Questions 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, and 3b are all correct and grammatical, and so are the answers to those questions.

Right. I'm aware of my mistake.

tautophile wrote:
However, I have to say that the questions are not exactly "natural", in the sense that they're not likely to come up in a real conversation in quite that form. They might come up in a similar form, though. For example, I can imagine Anna and Bob chatting at Molly's party. Anna says, "Who's that over there? I don't think I've met him." Bob answers, "Oh, that's Peter. He's Molly's brother." (It's likely Bob would give further information about Peter in his reply, such that he might say "That's Peter, our hostess Molly's younger brother. I spoke to him earlier. He teaches at Osteen University.")

Understood. So, there has to be previous information before asking those questions.

I appreciate your interest as well, tautophile.


DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:09:37 PM

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Two last questions:

1. Then if I say "What are Peter and Molly?", the answer is "They are siblings".

2. If Molly had two brothers and three sisters, among them, they are siblings as well, aren't they?


Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:13:54 PM

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Yes, they are siblings.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:17:28 PM

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My long-time pétanque partner, Jussi, is my brother's wife's sister's husband's sister's husband.

And vice versa: I'm his wife's brother's wife's sister's husband's brother.

How should I call him? d'oh!
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 5:22:26 PM
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Simply call him Jussi. I don't think there's a kinship term--at least not one in English anyway--for one's brother-in-law's sister' husband's sister's husband.
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Call him in time for dinner.
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