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Family Ties
vivi_sectionist wrote in english_in_use
For Vera's benefit, I post a vocabulary lesson on
FAMILIES



FOCUS WORDS

aunt
bachelor
best man
bride
bridegroom
bridesmaid
brother-in-law
cousin
divorcee
ex-husband
father-in-law
fiance
fiancee
foster -
grandchildren
granddaughter
grandfather
grandmother
grandparents


FOCUS PHRASES

only child
take after
grandson
great uncle
great-grandmother
half-brother
half-sister
honeymoon
lover
marriage
marry/get married
mistress
mother-in-law
nephew
niece
orphan
adoption
second cousin
single
sister-in-law
spinster
stepbrother
stepchildren
stepdaughter
stepfather
stepmother
stepsister
stepson
uncle
unmarried
wedding
wedding dress
wedding guests
wedding present
widow
widower
wife

Refer to Focus Words and Focus Phrases only.

1 Which four family members are missing from the list because they are so well known?
2 How many of the family words can be used to include both male and female members of the family?
3 Write a short paragraph about a real or imaginary wedding. Use as many of the relevant words as possible.
4 Choose family members from the list. Explain how you are related, e.g.
- I've got three aunts altogether. One is my mother's sister, another is the wife of one of my mother's brothers, and the other is my father's sister.


WORD FORMATION
PARTS OF SPEECH, PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES
QUIZ
1. Which two of these words can be used as a verb?

father
son
sister
mother
uncle

What does each mean?

2 Which three of these words can take the suffix -less to form an adjective meaning 'without'?

father
son
mother
brother
child

3 Which of the following:

a is someone who your parents are looking after as if he were a member of the family?
b is related to you through your own or your sister's marriage?
c is the child of your stepfather or stepmother but not of your natural mother or father?
d is the natural child of one of your own natural parents?

brother-in-law
half-brother
stepbrother
foster brother

4 Which of the word-parts in the box can be used with each of the relations below?
-in-low
step-
half-
foster-

sister father parents grandchild
mother son children
cousin uncle daughter


5
a Which of these words and expressions means 'a child whose parents have both died'?

only child
orphan
unique child
lonely child

b What do the others mean?


(Taken and adapted from "More Than Words Book II")




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