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Half-brother or step-brother

I am working on the updated French family lesson. Is there a way to differentiate between a half-brother (a brother who shares one birth parent with you) and a step brother (a brother who is not related to you by blood, but the child of one's step-parent). I have looked but not seen a way of differentiating.

Tia.

March 30, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/ajHenrot

It is the same word "demi-frère"for both => no way of differentiating.

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

The Collins French dictionary gives beau-frère for step brother.

March 30, 2018

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    "Beau frère" is the brother of the person you marry.

    March 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/ajHenrot

    My Robert & Colins English-French/French-English dictionary mentions: "stepbrother = demi-frère" - "beau-frère = brother-in-law" ( my additional comment for beau-frère: this can be either, as JBEsip mentions, the brother of the person you marry, or it can also be the husband of your sister)

    March 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

    It was the online version of the Collins dictionary that I checked. Thanks for the correction. I think in English brother-in-law can be the brother of the person you marry, the husband of your sister, or the husband of your spouse's sister.

    April 1, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/ajHenrot

    Indeed. :)

    April 1, 2018
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