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兄弟, 姉妹 and everything in between?

XV-Anarchist-VX
Asked 5 years ago

Just a few questions about the various words for borthers and sisters.

Am I correct in assuming that if you have multiple older brothers or sisters you just refer to them as a group using 兄 and 姉?

and the same for 妹 and 弟?

たとえば, 私は二人の兄がいる

Or would you use 兄弟 in that sentence too?

Also am I correct in saying 兄弟 can be brothers and sisters or just brother and 姉妹 is only for multiple sisters?

 

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You could say both

私は二人の兄がいる (Actually, 私は二人の兄がいる sounds more natural)

私には二人の兄弟がいる。

The first sentence makes it clear that you have two big brothers.  The second one doesn't say if your brothers are older or younger than you.

Same as 妹, 弟 etc. 

If you only have sisters, you can say 姉妹 for them. But when you talk about all of you (you and your sisters), I think you use 兄弟.  Like this,

私たちは3人兄弟です。(some people use 兄妹 or 姉弟. These are pronounced as きょうだい as well.)

Hope this helps,

 

Masako
Answered 5 years ago