In many countries, people decide to have <children> ....

Discussion in 'English Only' started by J.Pan, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. J.Pan New Member

    Mandarin - Chinese
    In this sentence "In many countries, people decide to have children at a later age than in the past." Which word can replace "children" in it? Could you give me as many examples as you can? Thanks.
     
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    Hi, JPan. We are not allowed to create lists of synonyms in here. I can tell you that "children" has very few synonyms and none of them seem likely in that sentence. "Children" is the normal word.
     
  3. J.Pan New Member

    Mandarin - Chinese
    Oh, I didn't know that rule, I am sorry. Thank you anyway.
     
  4. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    The only word I can think of that will serve is "babies". There are other near-synonyms for child but they don't suit this context.
     
  5. Vronsky

    Vronsky Senior Member

    Russian - Russia
    Does "at a later age than in the past" sound well?
     
  6. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Not very well, but you can't say that they have children older than in the past. I think all children are zero days old when they're born... :)
     
  7. J.Pan New Member

    Mandarin - Chinese
    Thanks a lot.
     
  8. Truffula

    Truffula Senior Member

    English - USA
    There are rephrasings that can substitute for "have children," however.

    For example, you could say either:

    "In many countries, people decide to delay reproduction until a later age than in the past."
    or
    "In many countries, people decide to start a family at a later age than in the past."
     
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