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Quoting "Philip Newton" <[log in to unmask]>:
> 2009/10/31 Toms Deimonds Barvidis <[log in to unmask]>:
> > I keep "he"vs"she" because absence of these
> might cause some misunderstandings, since no nouns have genders
> > and so.. Imagine, if i deleted he vs she, daughter vs son, sister vs
> brother distinction, how would you say that you
> > have two brothers, but no sisters?
> 
> Exactly the same way you would talk in English about, say, cousins --
> you'd say you have "two male cousins but no female cousins",
> or
> something like that.
> 
> Or, in this case, "two male siblings but no female siblings".
> Using an
> adjective to differentiate when differentiation is necessary, but
> omitting it in the general case.

Oh, I hadn't thought of it. Well, I guess you're right.
 
> Or to turn it around: how would you say that you have two older
> brothers but no younger brothers? Japanese can make that distinction,
> and I think Chinese can, too -- but in English, the distinction is not
> felt to be necessary, and so you only add adjectives if the
> distinction does have to be made in a particular instance.
> 
> Cheers,
> Philip
> -- 
> Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>