Let's say your father's side has a family history of diabetes. Do you still use the preposition "ON", and is this a correct construction:

Question: What motivates you to exercise daily?

Answer: Well, because, "ON my father's side, they've got a family history of diabetes.

Is this the correct "fixed phrase" to say that in English?


The phrase itself is fine, but the construction of your sentence in which you included it is a little unusual.

I would restructure it in the following way:

"Because there is a history of diabetes on my father's side of the family."

Alternatively, a different version can be used if the preposition on is removed:

"Because my father's side of the family has a history of diabetes."

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