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    my in-law ?

    Just a question : is the husband of my sister my in-law ?

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    Re: my in-law ?

    The husband of my sister is my brother-in-law, as is the brother of my wife.

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    Re: my in-law ?

    Your sister's husband is your brother-in-law.

    Rover

    Edit: Rats! Too late already.

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    Re: my in-law ?

    Hi,
    Are there any informal (British) terms used instead of brother/sister,mother/father in law?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: my in-law ?

    There were many very informal terms I used of my mother-in-law, but this is perhaps not the place to list them.
    Last edited by Johnson_F; 08-Dec-2010 at 20:26. Reason: Minor typing slip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnson_F View Post
    There were many very informal terms I used of my mother-in-law, but this is perhaps not the place to list the,
    Come on, like we say in Denmark : "for the thread there with".

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    Re: my in-law ?

    You can refer to them all as 'in-laws' (with the stress on the first syllable), but an individual is always a something-in-law (with the stress on the last syllable).

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    Re: my in-law ?

    Very generally speaking, if you say something like "We're going to spend the weekend with my in-laws" it means your spouse's family. Probably his/her parents, perhaps his/her sisters.

    I, too, wouldn't call my sister's husband "my in-law" without, as saying above, making it "my brother-in-law."

    And yes, your sister's husband is your brother-in-law, AND your wife's/husband's brother is ALSO your brother-in-law.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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