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12 / 07 / 2007

RELATIVES: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone.

Today's word is: relative (noun)

Meaning: a person who is in the same family as someone else. 

Example 1:
Her nuclear family is quite small, but she has a lot of relatives that live in southern Spain.

Another common error that I hear amongst Spanish- or Catalan-speaking English students is translating the word parientes directly into English as parents. Doing this creates problematic sentences like the one in the following example:

Example 2:
She was born in London, but she has lots of parents in Barcelona, and she speaks Spanish and Catalan.  

Example 2 should be "...she lots of relatives in Barcelona..." Normally we only have one or two parents (a father and a mother), so it sounds strange to say that you have "lots of parents."

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and will be the last Daily Vitamin before the summer. Tomorrow I will send you some ideas for keeping your English alive during the holidays.

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Have a great day! 

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