Do you have any brothers or sisters? = 7 words
Do you have any SIBLINGS? = 5 words
There you have it, one good reason to use the word ‘sibling’. However, if you are asked the question, it is better to answer with brothers and sisters. When I tell you that I have one sibling, your next question is, “Brother or sister?” Hence it makes sense for me to reply directly with, “I have a sister.”
Also note that we use the plural form – siblings – in the question.
Use the language
So who of you out there has the most siblings? What’s the age difference between the youngest and the oldest? Can you beat the man in the story below?
- Father with 54 kids dies; sisters want to meet siblings (fox2now.com)
- Do you remember these 2, family related words – AGNATE and ENATE?