July 12, 2016
A family is a group of people who share a common bond. These people are usually related by blood or marriage, but the word "family" is also used to describe members of an organization.
- Many families in the United States consist of two parents and two or more children.
- How many people are there in your family?
- My friend Jebediah comes from a big family.
- Xavier says he’s ready to start a family.
- Rhonda doesn’t feel like she ready to start a family yet, so she’s going to wait to get married.
- Doctors would allow only immediate family members to visit Edwardo when he was in the hospital. (immediate family = mother, father, siblings, grandparents)
- A reunion was held recently that drew extended members of our family from across the country.
- Our local fire fighters work so closely together that they feel as if they are one big family.
The word "family" is often used as part of a compound noun:
- There’s a family reunion being held in the park today. Well over 200 people are expected to attend.
- We had a family gathering over the Fourth of July weekend.
- The people affected by the gun fight considered it a private, family matter.
- Charles considers himself a family man. (family man = a man who is totally dedicated to his family)
- Rick and Melba are taking a family vacation in August.
Charles considers himself a family man.
Note: There are a few different ways to describe a family:
- A nuclear family consists of two parents and a child or children.
- A traditional family is the same as a nuclear family.
- An extended family includes uncles, aunts, cousins, and others related by blood.
- A non-traditional family can include any assortment of people related or unrelated.
- A mixed family includes people who come into the family through marriage. The prefix "step" indicates this. My mother married my step-father years after my mother got a divorce.
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