"Ik heb twaalf halfbroers."

Translation:I have twelve half-brothers.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kirshner1
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So you have six brothers?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pablopublico
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Aren't stepbrothers and half-brothers the same? Dank je wel.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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No, they're not.

Imagine your parents would split up. If your mother or father would marry another person who also has a child from a previous marriage, then that child would be your stepbrother or stepsister.

If your mother or father married another person and they got a child together, that child would be your half-brother or half-sister.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZuMako8_Momo
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I like to think of it as half-siblings share half of your DNA, although I don't think the distinction between these and stepsiblings is clearly made in the Romance languages... I'm not sure, anyway...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eric881015

If you want to get technical... (sorry, science teacher here)... Due to the way genes get randomly picked in the formation of sperm and egg cells, full siblings (who are not identcal twins) share about half their DNA.

So, two half-siblings share only half of the DNA from the parent-in-common, or 1/4 overall.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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Thanks for that! I'm an eternal learnerz so it's nice to find a teacher who enjoys explaining these little things (l-and not like my colleagues, who tend to look at me as if I were weird whenever I pose a question related to the subject they teach.... It's just... I don't know, there are many things that I had to study when I was in secodary school and couldn't quite grasp, so now, as an adult, I honestly want to know. The vast majority of them just tell me 'google it'. I don't want to google it, I want to have an interesting conversation!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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Well, in Spanish 'half brother' is medio hermano, and 'step brother', hermanastro (which sounds awful imho, as if you hated the poor guy or something).

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vertederox

The difference, at least in Spanish, exists. Half brothers is medios hermanos, as brothers of mother OR father. Step brothers is hermanastros, no common father or mother and the name is simillar to Step mother/father (Madrastra-Padrastro), have a similar ending.

3 months ago
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