# A three-year-old son

#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
Hey guys I'm really confused and I don't know how to make the question which the answer is:
I have a three-year-old son.
Is the question is:
How many year-old-son do you have?

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• #### velisarius

##### Senior Member
Welcome to the forum, Mortezabayan.

There are several possibilities. It depends on how much the questioner already knows and what he wants to find out. For example, does the questioner already know you have a son? Does the questioner already know that you have children?

One such question might be:
How old are your children?

Another might be:
How many children do you have?

#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
Welcome to the forum, Mortezabayan.

There are several possibilities. It depends on how much the questioner already knows and what he wants to find out. For example, does the questioner already know you have a son? Does the questioner already know that you have children?

One such question might be:
How old are your children?

Another might be:
How many children do you have?
Suppose that he knows I have a son but the question indicates a three-year-old son is my point

#### Uncle Jack

##### Senior Member
The obvious one to me is "Do you have any children?"

This makes no mention of how old they are, and it could be answered by a simple "yes", but in English there is very rarely a natural way to force someone to answer a question using a particular form of words, and it is usually wrong to try.

Suppose that he knows I have a son but the question indicates a three-year-old son is my point
If the person knows you have a son, they would probably ask something like "How old is your son?", to which you might answer "He is three". You would not answer "I have a three year old son", because the person already knows you have a son; you don't need to them them that.

"I have a three-year old son" strongly suggests that the other person does not know you have a son.

#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
The obvious one to me is "Do you have any children?"

This makes no mention of how old they are, and it could be answered by a simple "yes", but in English there is very rarely a natural way to force someone to answer a question using a particular form of words, and it is usually wrong to try.
You are right but l just want to know is the folowing question right? And what is the answer of this question?
How many year-old son do you have?
Answer: I have a three-year-old son

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#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
The obvious one to me is "Do you have any children?"

This makes no mention of how old they are, and it could be answered by a simple "yes", but in English there is very rarely a natural way to force someone to answer a question using a particular form of words, and it is usually wrong to try.

If the person knows you have a son, they would probably ask something like "How old is your son?", to which you might answer "He is three". You would not answer "I have a three year old son", because the person already knows you have a son; you don't need to them them that.

"I have a three-year old son" strongly suggests that the other person does not know you have a son.
Is the folowing question logical or have you heard it before?
How many year-old son do you have?

#### Uncle Jack

##### Senior Member
Is the folowing question logical or have you heard it before?
How many year-old son do you have?
No, it is wrong. The correct question is "How old is your son?", but this won't give you the answer you require.

#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
No, it is wrong. The correct question is "How old is your son?", but this won't give you the answer you require.
So what is the question that the answer is: I have a three-year-old son

#### grassy

##### Senior Member
So what is the question that to which the answer is: I have a three-year-old son

It can be a reply to Do you have children?, for example.

#### Mortezabayan

##### New Member
It can be a reply to Do you have children?, for example.
What about this:
How years old son do you have?

#### Uncle Jack

##### Senior Member
So what is the question that the answer is: I have a three-year-old son
One such question might be:
How old are your children?

Another might be:
How many children do you have?

The obvious one to me is "Do you have any children?"

It can be a reply to Do you have children?, for example.