FAMILY RELATED VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
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FAMILY RELATED VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Adjective + Noun Collocations
- nuclear family (two parents and their children)
- immediate family (parents/grandparents/siblings)
- extended family ( a family unit that includes grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles, etc. in addition to parents and children)
- dysfunctional family– a family that is not behaving or working normally, where there is conflict, misbehaviour, etc.
- close-knit family – a group of people in which everyone supports each other
Being a close-knit family helps us overcome all the difficulties we have faced.
- over-protective parents– a parent who protect their child too much
Overprotective parents can prevent their children from building confidence and independence.
- spoilt child– a child who shows bad behaviour because they have been allowed to do or have anything they want
- single parent/ one- parent family– a person bringing up a child or children without a partner
- stay at home parent/ stay at home mum – a parent who stays at home to take care of their children rather than going out to work
Noun + Noun Collocations
- family background
- family member
- family unit
- family tree
- family life
- family man
- family name (surname)
- family values
- family bond/ties
- family gathering/get-together: an informal event where family members meet up
We’re having a family get-together to celebrate my great grandmother’s birthday.
- family tradition
- family crisis
- family ties– the sense of connection between family members
Verb + Noun Collocations (verb + family)
- to start a family
- to have a family
- to bring up a family (to look after children)
- to raise a family (to take care of children)
- to split up a family
- run in the family – a common feature in a family; something which is passed from parents to children.
Artistic ability seems to run in the family.
- to support (a family)– to have enough money to be able to look after a family
- to be one of the family (like a family member)
- to be in the family way (to be pregnant)
- Spouse: a husband or wife
- Sibling: a brother or sister
- sibling rivalry: a feeling of competition between siblings
- in-laws: “In-law” is used to describe the relatives of your husband or wife — that is, the relatives of your spouse. Your spouse’s brother is your brother-in-law, your spouse’s sister is your sister-in-law, your spouse’s mother is your mother-in-law, your spouse’s father is your father-in-law, and so on.
- a relative: someone who is part of your family, eg. your cousin, aunt, etc.
- blood relative: someone you are related to through birth rather than marriage
- distant relative: generally, a relative who is a third cousin or greater,
- next of kin: the person or group of people you are most closely related to
- descendants: a person who is related to you and who lives after you, such as your child or grandchild, and all future generations
- ancestors: family members from past generations
I’m writing my autobiography so that my descendants will know what life was like for one of their ancestors.
- household: all the people who live in one house
- big brother/ elder brother (or sister): older than you
- little sister/ younger sister (or brother): younger than you
- an only child: a child who doesn’t have any brothers or sisters
- to raise (a child): to take care of a child until they become an adult
- to bring up (a child): to raise a child
- upbringing: the way in which you are treated and educated
- authoritarian: demanding that people obey completely and refusing to allow them the freedom to act as they wish
- generation gap: a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs and attitudes
- adolescent: a young person who is developing into an adult
Many adolescents develop emotional problems which lead to increased conflicts.
- hereditary: passed from the genes of a parent to a child
Diabetes is hereditary in our family so I make sure that I eat healthily and keep fit to lessen my chances of getting it.
- to care for: to provide the things someone needs, especially someone who is young, old, or ill
- to desert: to leave someone without help or in a difficult situation and not come back
My father deserted us when I was young and my mother has brought me up on her own.