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"他们有三个弟弟。"

Translation:They have three younger brothers.

November 19, 2017

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Lin

他們有三個弟弟。


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thaolu2

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EquanimousLingo

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyB8864

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FOREIGNVORTEXES

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bluthund

Does that make sense? They're using the male 他 form here, so if they're brothers and have "three younger brothers", wouldn't at least one of them have at least four younger brothers?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yotam180

I entered the comment section like "someone must have thought of it"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danwhitley52

Maybe they're a brother and sister (I think that would still use 他?) where the brother is the eldest, and they also have three more brothers who are younger?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TMBurn02

That was my thought as well. They could be a brother and sister(s) or unrelated and each having three younger brothers (minimum six different 弟弟)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FOREIGNVORTEXES

I didnt even think of that, maybe theyre triplets and have three younger brothers ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FOREIGNVORTEXES

Oh wait, it does make sense though They both have three brothers who are younger than BOTH of them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prettyboymingyu

the 他 and 她 can be used interchangably when writing "they"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

Not completely. 他们 can be used for male and female or mixed groups, but 她们 usually only points to female. I have never seen it used for males.
But this way or the other, they could indeed be talking about girls, or a girl and a boy or twins. Or two or more boys who are not brothers but have 3 younger brothers each. :o)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wayneabrah3

I said, "They have 3 younger brothers." which was not accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Machinery1

They have three younger brother_


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarahY656418

They have three younger brothers


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/choccymiIk

I've always wondered this but never had the opportunity to ask. Does 他们 always refer to multiple people or could this refer to a nonbinary person as well, or someone who uses they/them pronouns?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FOREIGNVORTEXES

I dont think they have an option for non binary people. Kinda sad


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FOREIGNVORTEXES

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orion6969

i just answer the same word, and it get me wrong ? excuse me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tematrilia

Why not:" they have three young brothers"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJ72T

This wouldn't be used in English. 'Younger' is a comparative indicating the brothers' ages are less than the person/people in question.

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