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Hi.

He is a first cousin of James.

If James has only one cousin, can I say "a first cousin" or should it be "the first cousin"?

Thank you very much.
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'...the first cousin...'
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kook jIf James has only one cousin, can I say "a first cousin" or should it be "the first cousin"?
Yes, but one has to realize that in the western culture, first cousin doesn't only mean # 1 in arrival, but how closely you are related to the person. The children of your parents' siblings will be your first cousin. With is context in mind, it would be better and less confusing to say: " He is James' first cousin" ( connoting the person's kinship to James)
Thank you very much Rover and GF.