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I haven't many brothers.

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I haven't many brothers.

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Mi ne havas multajn fratojn.
Nincs sok fiútestvérem.
Io non ho molti fratelli.
Non ho molti fratelli.
У меня мало братьев.
Benim çok erkek kardeşim yok.
Ich habe nicht viele Brüder.


Selena777 2014-02-22 06:49 link permalink

I wonder, this sentence sounds natural or not? It seems to me, it doesn't.

Selena777 2014-02-22 09:35 link permalink

I don't know why, but I really don't like this sentence.
It's not owned by anybody, maybe, you can adopt and correct it?

Ooneykcall 2014-02-22 10:23 link permalink

This sort of sentence is unlikely to come up very often, but it has got a meaning (I don't understand judging whether a sentence makes sense based on whether you would use it personally - there are many millions of speakers, so very likely any sentence grammatically and logically valid has a chance of being used at least occasionally).

Its grammar seems wrong though; using 'have' without the auxiliary 'do' in negation, like modal verbs, is apparently either antiquated or colloquial in certain phrases, but this is not one of those.
So I guess it's better be "haven't got" or "don't have".

Selena777 2014-02-22 11:12 link permalink

CK, Be honest, I don't like it in Russian as well. It means "I have (very) few brothers". I think, it's more natural to say "I have only one brother" or "I have only two brothers", couse three brothers is already "many". But it's owned, and it's correct grammatically.

Ooneykcall, I agree, it's better. "Haven't brother" is the way, which I learned at school, but I haven't met it in real texts or conversations. Now I don't use it, but I can't judge, if it grammatically correct or not. I just can say, this sentence seems clumsy to me...

mraz 2014-04-11 16:40 link permalink

Szerintem is! Mert mi a ,,sok,, ?

Inkább: egy testvérem van, vagy egy bátyám van stb. mraz