Time asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 months ago

Which sentence is grammatically correct? Please justify?

I'm an only child of my parents.

I'm the only child of my parents.

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  • 3 months ago
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    Neither.

    Try, " I'm my parent's only child" or better still, " I'm an only child" it's obvious that you had parents at some point so it is not necessary to mention them.

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    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      By the way, what you wrote implies that you only have ONE parent.

      Parents' not parent's ! It's YOUR language, get it right.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    They're both grammatically correct.

    The word "the" is much better.

    What Pompous Harris wrote is exactly what I would say (spelled: parents').

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  • 3 months ago

    They are both correct grammatically, but the second is infinitely better than the first.

    Note, I don't agree that saying 'I'm an only child' means the same as 'I am the only child of my parents' or 'I am my parents' only child'.  The reference to your parents adds depth and emotion to the sentence. I read it as referring to your parents' point of view rather than your own.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    "I am my parents' only child" is what I would say.

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  • 3 months ago

    Both are ***grammatically*** correct.

    Stylistically the second is better (it SOUNDS better), but the first is also grammatically correct.

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  • 3 months ago

    All you need is

    "I am an only child"

    The "parents" part is understood as being a fact, so need not be stated in common usage.

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  • 3 months ago

    I do grammar no good.

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  • 3 months ago

    Tautology in the first sentence and the second sentence is dangling and feels like it need more information. Should just be "I am an only child."

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  • 3 months ago

    Both are correct, second one sounds better.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      Neither sounds like any form of natural English. Almost all native speakers would say "I am an only child" - end of sentence.

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