Talking about siblings.

jwongch February 11, 2012, 11:01 pm
Hi I was wondering if anyone can help me. I came across these words and I'm not sure what they mean.

Does this mean I have 1 brother older than me? Or does it mean he is 1 year older than me?
兄は僕より一つ上

Same with this one here...I'm not too sure if it means 3 younger sisters or a younger sister thats younger than me by 3 years.
妹は僕より三つ下
Talking about siblings.
2679 February 14, 2012, 7:52 am
Not sure if the sentence is quite correct, but if it is, then it definitely states that your brother is 1 year older than you. (counters such as: "一つ, 二つ、三つ..." are only used for objects).

Same goes for the the second sentence. Your sister is 3 years younger than you are.
Talking about siblings.
risa-rocket-japanese-tutor November 23, 2013, 11:46 pm
Hello Jackyさん、
As コッドさん explained:

兄は僕より一つ上 means my brother is one year older but we would normally say:
兄は僕より一歳年上です。
歳=さい (Counter for age)
年上=としうえ (Phrase for older in age)
Same for the 2nd example:
妹は僕より三歳年下です。
年下=としした (Phrase for younger in age)
Talking about siblings.

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