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Describing 'twins' in French

SisterLuna-- January 8, 2015, 11:48 am

I am confused about how to describe non-identical twins in french. I understand we use jumelle(s)/jumeau(x) for male and female, but how do we describe twins of non-indentical sex?! My neighbours have twins who are a boy and a girl and I am unsure how to describe them correctly.

Thanks for any help,

Describing 'twins' in French
torusan January 8, 2015, 1:54 pm
You could use "faux jumeaux" or "jumeaux non identiques", which applies to both fraternal twin boys or fraternal boy and girl twins.
Describing 'twins' in French
jason☺ January 13, 2015, 12:01 am
Antidote suggests:

Locutions (2)
jumeaux dizygotes
Jumeaux provenant de deux zygotes différents.

jumeaux monozygotes ou vrais jumeaux
Jumeaux qui proviennent de la division d’un seul ovule fécondé par un seul spermatozoïde et qui se ressemblent totalement.
Describing 'twins' in French
SisterLuna-- January 13, 2015, 7:05 pm
Thank you both! very helpful.
Describing 'twins' in French
Marie-Claire-Riviere January 21, 2015, 3:25 am
Bonjour à tous!

Oui, on dit plutôt "des faux jumeaux" for non-identical twins and "des vrais jumeaux" for identical twins.

'Jumeaux dizygotes' is a little too scientific and is not really used in everyday speech unless you can get away with it without tripping up over your own tongue.

Keep up the good work!

- Marie-Claire
Describing 'twins' in French

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