I'm confused about the meaning of this sentence:
The typical family is three or four children; the latter among the 8 to 12 children that will be born into the family during the lives of the parents.
So I get confused where it says "the latter"
Does this mean that in total there will be 8 to 12 childern that the parents have?
English - Writeacher, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 6:32pm
It reads as if the parents have between 8 and 12 children, but only 3 or 4 live to adulthood.
What is the context of this?
English - Amy~, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 6:38pm
The family of Purtains
English - Writeacher, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 6:43pm
That would be about right. Infant mortality in those days was pretty high.
English - bobpursley, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:59pm
I think the numbers are exaggerated, but you have it right. The real numbers is about 1/3 of the children died.