In the sentence: ‘Mr. Thomson and his family of three came to my home.’ Is the ‘family of three’ part including Mr. Thomson himself or not?

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    It's an odd sentence because it should be inclusive, but the structure, specifically the word "and", supports an exclusive interpretation. For comparison, "Mr. and Mrs. Thompson's little family of three" is inclusive. – Luke Sawczak Jan 28 '18 at 13:27
  • @Luke Sawczak, Thank you for your comment. Is it better to rewite my sentence as ‘Mr. Thomson’s family of three came to my house.’? – JUNCINATOR Jan 29 '18 at 2:18
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    That's a good option. – Luke Sawczak Jan 29 '18 at 2:29

If I am not mistaken, the expression his family of three relates to the number of people in Mr Thomson's family (thus there are three people in his family: he, his wife and their only child), whereas a mother of three indicates the number of the mother's children.

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