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09 / 12 / 2003

IN-LAWS: meaning and examples

Hello. I hope you are having a great day.

Do you know what the relation between you and the brother of your wife/husband is in English? How about the parents of your wife/husband? These family terms are actually very easy in English.

People who become your family by marriage are referred to as in-laws. To create these family terms, all you have to do is add in-law after the normal family names. Consider the following equivalents:

The sister of your husband/wife: sister-in-law
The brother of your husband/wife: brother-in-law
The mother of your husband/wife: mother-in-law
The father of your husband/wife: father-in-law

And do you know what your mother-in-law or father-in-law calls you? That's right, their son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

The term in-laws is often used alone to refer to your 'suegros' (esp) / 'sogres' (cat)'.

Tonight my in-laws are coming for dinner; I have to get home to prepare things!

Enjoy your day!