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The father of my son has four children. My son is my only child. How many children do we have in total together?
I’d go with one.
The speaker is a lady and her husband has 3 kids by another marriage
Hmm, total together, one. Total, four?
Four (if your son is your common child) or five (if your son has another father, and all 4 his brothers-or-sisters-in-law has another mother).
i think one
“Together” as in “added together”, or as in “with each other”?
Depending on this, four or one.
You are all right. Depending on the meaning the answer is 1 or 4. I am glad no one said 5.
Logically, one or four, yes.
But grammatically, I’d say one - the question says “in total together”. “Together is redundant unless it modifies the meaning of “in total”. The answer to how many children “in total” is four, but three of those aren’t “together”.
So it probably depends whether you put more store in logic or grammar…
I love your explanation. Initially I wrote this puzzle hoping that people would answer 5. But with my grammar mistake, it became a more interesting puzzle.
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