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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > My family has 8 people. / There are 8 people in my family.    

My family has 8 people. / There are 8 people in my family.



jan1999
Hong Kong

My family has 8 people. / There are 8 people in my family.
 
My family has 8 people.
OR
There are 8 people in my family.
 
How do i explain to my students that "there are 8 people in my family." is the most appropriate way to express although "my family has 8 people" is also grammatically correct?
 
THANKS!

13 Oct 2013      



chrisling831
Hong Kong

grammatically correct but rare.. I would either say There are 8 people in my family or My family consists of 8 members.

14 Oct 2013     



monder78
Poland

has or has got implies  that we have to do with possessing. Family cannot possess people, people  are  just a part of a family. I hope  my explanation is helpful.

14 Oct 2013