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    Is it acceptable for native speakers to say "I'm your woman" meaning "I'm your wife"?

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    Women and men in some form of relationship can say pretty well anything to each other, and both will find it acceptable.

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    Re: woman-wife

    But be careful in wider society. The world is full of faux amis. In Spanish, for example, mi mujer is OK for referring to 'my wife' in polite society. But in Br English - though possibly not in hispanized parts of the English-speaking world, people who speak of their partner as 'my woman' tend to mean something other than a wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In Spanish, for example, mi mujer is OK for referring to 'my wife' in polite society.
    I agree. Itīs used frequently. Personally, I donīt like the idea of being referred to as "mi mujer". I prefer "mi esposa, mi seņora".
    Maybe I was influenced by my father who used to show disapproval every time we mentioned that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In Spanish, for example, mi mujer is OK for referring to 'my wife' in polite society.

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    Good point, Bob.

    In French, too, as you know, femme means both woman and wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    Is it acceptable for native speakers to say "I'm your woman" meaning "I'm your wife"?
    No. It is extremely demeaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    No. It is extremely demeaning.
    "Women and men in some form of relationship can say pretty well anything to each other, and both will find it acceptable."

    I'll change my 'will' to 'may'.
    Some might find it demeaning, others not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    No. It is extremely demeaning.
    Oh, I wouldn't go that far. Pop songs are full of lines like "He's my man, she's my woman". It's not as if we're discussing the popular American term, "Dats my bitch".

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    #9

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    Yes, I was thinking that John Lennon wrote a very nice song called "Woman" that was not demeaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    No. It is extremely demeaning.
    But wait a minute - it's not a third party saying 'she's his woman'.

    It's the woman who's saying it to the man she loves.

    He'd probably reply 'And I'm your man'.

    As 5jj said: in a loving relationship within four walls, anything goes.

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