I know my question may seem silly to native speakers, but l am really interested in knowing which construction is more common in everyday speech:

  • He is married and has two sons.

  • He is married, with two sons.


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  • I doubt either is more common, particularly since they can actually mean different things. Somebody who has four sons could be described as married with two sons, if only two of his sons come from his current marriage . . . – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 22 '18 at 17:15
  • In everyday speech we typically use contractions whenever possible. Also 'boys' is probably more common than 'sons' – Jim Dec 22 '18 at 21:35

The question is which is more common: I would say, "He is married with two sons" is common because the context is informal and casual often spoken between friends, family and acquaintances in a nonchalant manner.

The latter, "He is married and has two sons" is more factual and formal like a report.

I do agree with Jim that the word "boys" (or girls) would used more often in casual conservations, than not. For example: He is married with two boys living at home.

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  • l appreciate your answer. It's very clear now. – Mido Mido Dec 23 '18 at 15:44

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