When you are asked this QUESTION?

@Boyetski (989)
Philippines
December 27, 2009 10:55am CST
When we are asked this question "How many are YOU in your family?" What will you answer? I myself will instinctively answer we are this many in our family. But come to think of it. When we are asked this, how many are YOU in your family, I have to answer "Ofcourse there is only ONE me" right? Have you ever been asked this? Do you remember what you answered?
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• Philippines
27 Dec 09
Of course, it is logical to state the number of persons in the family.
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@Boyetski (989)
• Philippines
27 Dec 09
Hmm so the right question must be "How many members, not How many are YOU? right?
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
The question 'How many are you...' is right.
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
To explain further, the pronoun YOU can be used to represent only one person YOU (singular) and many persons YOU (plural). Therefore, since the question is "how many... " this pertains to the YOU (plural). I hope this clarifies.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Dec 09
hi boyetski depends on what that person was really asking, was he or she wanting to know how many were in your family then you would say there are two or three or whatever number of your family there are. but if he or she really wants to know are you the oldest , the youngest or inbetween one? you would say whatever place you held in your family. I think what you meant to ask was how many of you are there in your family, that is how many children are in your family? you would say whatever number there were including y ourself. For me I would have answered there were just two of us.
@Boyetski (989)
• Philippines
27 Dec 09
Well, he/she is asking how many members of the family. But I think there is a better question than that.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Dec 09
hi thanks so much for best response, so then that would of course include the parents too huh?