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In terms of Data Modeling, either of the following two relationships imply the same meaning. I mean I can use any one of them. (For Specific two Individuals)

  1. IS_A_SON_OF
  2. IS_A_FATHER_OF

Example

  1. Alex IS_A_SON_OF Smith.

Which gives (implies to) me

  • Alex is related to Smith as a Son.

  • Smith is related to Alex as a Father.

    1. Smith IS_A_FATHER_OF Alex.

Which gives (implies to) me

  • Alex is related to Smith as a Son.

  • Smith is related to Alex as a Father.

My Question:

If the native English speaker uses

  1. Alex is a son of Smith.

or

  1. Smith is the father of Alex.

Do the above two sentences carry different meanings?

  • I think you mean imply, not infer. – StoneyB Mar 28 at 0:18
  • @StoneyB Changed infer to imply. – Optimight Mar 28 at 0:20
  • I don't think so. Both exactly convey one concept! – M. Afrashteh Mar 28 at 0:21
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Both "son" and "father" convey two pieces of information:

  1. The family relationship between two individuals.
  2. The gender of one individual (the subject of the sentence).

So your first sentence

Alex is a son of Smith.

has these implications:

  1. Smith is Alex's parent.
  2. Alex is male.
  3. Smith could be male or female.

Your second sentence:

Smith is the father of Alex.

has these implications:

  1. Smith is Alex's parent.
  2. Smith is male.
  3. Alex could be male or female.

So in each case, implication 1 is identical, but 2 and 3 are different.

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