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"My stepfather is my mother's husband."

Translation:Mon beau-père est le mari de ma mère.

April 15, 2018



It seems that "beau-père" mean both "father-in-law" and "step-father." How does one know in a sentence like "C'est mon beau-père?"


As usual, when two meanings or more are possible out of context, two translations or more are listed as correct.


When this issue came up only "father-in-law" was listed as correct, both in the prompts and in the actual answer. Should I report it the next time? Same thing goes for "C'est mon beau-frère" was translated only as "brother-in-law" "C'est ma belle-mère" as "mother-in-law" and "C'est ma belle-sœur" as "sister-in-law." "Step-brother" was listed for "demi-frère" but "half-brother" (sharing one parent) was not.


Your question was about "c'est mon beau-père", who indeed can be my father-in-law or my stepfather.

In the sentence here, a precise context is set: "my mother's husband" is necessarily "my stepfather", otherwise, his description would be "my husband/wife's father".

"Mon beau-frère" can be my wife's brother, my husband's brother or my sister's husband depending who I am.
But he can't be my stepbrother or half-brother: "mon demi-frère".

"Ma belle-soeur" (sister-in-law) can be my husband's sister, my wife's sister or my brother's wife.

"Ma belle-mère" is my father's wife (stepmother) or my husband's mother (mother-in-law)

"Ma demi-soeur" is my stepmother's/stepfather's daughter (step sister) or we share one parent, mother or father (half-sister)..


l'epoux et le mari c'est pareil


A bit less common, isn't it?


It seems that the real issue here simply is that the French translation for both father-in-law and stepfather (mother, too) is the same: beau-père. Same, I assume, for 'belle-mère.' C'est vrai?


Oui, c'est vrai.

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