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    Question “ex-soldiers”

    Dear all ;

    I want to know the meaninig of “ex-soldiers” in this sentence <as you know “ex” means former person; eg :ex_husband > but I think with regard to this meaning it’s alittle bit odd to understand ;however would ya please help me with meaning of this word ?

    “there are often parades of ex-soldiers.”

    best regards

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    Re: “ex-soldiers”

    Quote Originally Posted by 1364
    Dear all ;

    I want to know the meaninig of “ex-soldiers” in this sentence <as you know “ex” means former person; eg :ex_husband > but I think with regard to this meaning it’s alittle bit odd to understand ;however would ya please help me with meaning of this word ?

    “there are often parades of ex-soldiers.”

    best regards
    I think you are on the right track. Ex-soldier is someone who was a soldier in the past, someone who served in the army - an ex-serviceman or a veteran, an ex-combatant.


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    Re: “ex-soldiers”

    To me, it means, people who used to be soldiers. What's the context?

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    Question Re: “ex-soldiers”

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    To me, it means, people who used to be soldiers. What's the context?
    this sentence is a part of contex which describe a festival in a country.

    Thank you very much

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    Re: “ex-soldiers”

    Quote Originally Posted by 1364
    this sentence is a part of contex which describe a festival in a country.
    I see what you mean. The term veteran refers to an old soldier, one who might or might not be in active service. In the US, though, and according to my Oxford, veteran is applied to ex-service(wo)men, young or old (i.e., Veitnam vets).

    The author probably chose the term 'ex-soldier' because s/he (a) is not from the US or (b) wanted to use a word that described old as well as young soldiers. The war is over, and so the soldiers are no longer active; they are now ex-soldiers.

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