How many twins did you give birth to?

AidaGlass

Senior Member
Persian-Iran
Hi
I know that terms used for the number of offspring in a multiple birth are such as twins, triplets, quadruplets...
I want to know how can I ask someone how many twins has she given birth to?
 
  • RedwoodGrove

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Hi Aida,

    Unfortunately that is a meaningless question, or at least a redundant one. :) By definition, if a woman gives birth to twins, she is giving birth to two babies only.

    You could say, "how many times have you given birth to twins?" That would be on separate occasions.
     

    AidaGlass

    Senior Member
    Persian-Iran
    You are right, I asked the question wrongly, I guess I should have said ' how to ask a woman how many children has she given to birth in her multiple birth'???
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    I can't imagine the situation which would result in this question.
    Woman: "I had a multiple birth."
    AidaGlass: "How many babies did you have."
    Woman: "Two."
    :confused:
    Real world:
    Woman: "I had twins."
    AidaGlass: "That's nice. Are they doing well?"
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I'm not even sure what the question is, but if a woman has given birth to twins on more than one occasion you can ask her how many sets of twins she has had.

    I hear you had a multiple birth. Wow! How many babies survived? - Hmmm no, not really. It's a delicate question. I'd just let the new parents tell me - I expect they would be full of the news.
     

    AidaGlass

    Senior Member
    Persian-Iran
    Imagine that a woman has given birth to quadruplets, but you don't know that that woman has given birth to quadruplets, you want to ask someone how many children were given birth to, the only thing you know is that she has given birth to more than one child, but you do not know how many.
    I can't make myself understood better, sorry:oops:
     
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