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    Dear all,

    In the sentence below, "a former prime minister" is denoting "Khaleda Zia" or " a son of Khaleda Zia"? How do I tell the difference?

    "A court in Bangladesh issued a warrant for the arrest of a son of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, charging him with having organised a grenade attack that killed 24 people at a political rally in 2004. Sheikh Hasina, the apparent target of that attack and nemesis of Mrs Zia, is now prime minister."

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    Re: Grand son

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Dear all,

    In the sentence below, "a former prime minister" is denoting "Khaleda Zia" or " a son of Khaleda Zia"? How do I tell the difference?

    "A court in Bangladesh issued a warrant for the arrest of a son of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, charging him with having organised a grenade attack that killed 24 people at a political rally in 2004. Sheikh Hasina, the apparent target of that attack and nemesis of Mrs Zia, is now prime minister."

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    Khaleda Zia is the former prime minister. It is clear from the context that the former prime minister is a woman. IMO, the paragraph should have given the son's name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Khaleda Zia is the former prime minister. It is clear from the context that the former prime minister is a woman. IMO, the paragraph should have given the son's name.
    Does it make any difference if I say "who was A prime minister"?

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    Re: Grand son

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Dear all,

    In the sentence below, "a former prime minister" is denoting "Khaleda Zia" or " a son of Khaleda Zia"? How do I tell the difference?

    "A court in Bangladesh issued a warrant for the arrest of a son of Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, charging him with having organised a grenade attack that killed 24 people at a political rally in 2004. Sheikh Hasina, the apparent target of that attack and nemesis of Mrs Zia, is now prime minister."

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Does it make any difference if I say "who was A prime minister"?

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    Do you mean to substitute the phrase in red with "who was a prime minister."? I wouldn't. It's not very graceful.

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