Do you have a sibling? / Do you have any siblings?

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sunnyweather

Senior Member
Polish
Hello again,

I'd like to ask you about the apparently simple question about siblings.

I'm sure we can say:

1) Do you have any siblings?

but how about:

2) Do you have a sibling?

Does it sound natural?

Thank you for your comments in advance.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Less natural than with 'any'. It's not the ordinary social question. It would have to be 'primed' somehow, for example talking about psychological studies of siblings.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    "Sibling" is not wrong at all but the word tends to be used in professional and academic circles (mainly in the plural) and it is rare to hear the singular in ordinary conversation in which "a brother or a sister" / "brothers and sisters" is the usual term.
     
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