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    My ex or his ex

    What does a divorced woman always say, he is my ex or I am his ex?

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    Re: My ex or his ex

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    What does a divorced woman always say, he is my ex or I am his ex?
    She could say either. There is no rule.

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    Re: My ex or his ex

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    What does a divorced woman always say, he is my ex or I am his ex?

    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As the moderator told us, it depends on the context.

    Mona: Look at that hunk over there by the window. I would love to meet him!

    Sue: Oh, him!

    Mona: You don't seem impressed by that handsome dude.

    Sue: I'm not.

    Mona: Why not?

    Sue: Because he's my ex. Believe me, you aren't missing anything! Keep away

    from him. He's nothing but trouble.

    ***

    Alice: I'm in love.

    Sue: Good for you.

    Alice: He told me that I am the love of his life.

    Sue: Good for you.

    Alice: He told me he was divorced from a truly horrible woman.

    Sue: Oh, I don't think that his ex-wife was that bad!

    Alice: How do you know?

    Sue: Because I am his ex!

    Alice: Oh.

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    Re: My ex or his ex

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    She could say either. There is no rule.
    Greetings,

    I am a high school pupil from Singapore.

    I think the asker meant 'often' or 'frequently' instead of 'always', which sounds somewhat extreme to me.

    On a more regular basis, I would say that a divorced woman would say 'he is my ex'. 'I am his ex' just sounds as if she is desperate. That is just my two pennies' worth.

    Cheerio,

    Pham Duc Minh Anh
    Last edited by phamduc.minhanh; 22-Sep-2011 at 18:57.

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    Re: My ex or his ex

    Quote Originally Posted by phamduc.minhanh View Post
    I think the asker meant 'often' or 'frequently' instead of 'always', which sounds somewhat extreme to me.

    On a more regular basis, I would say that a divorced woman would say 'he is my ex'. 'I am his ex' just sounds as if she is desperate.
    I don't think that is necessarily the case; it will depend on the context.

    In any case, I feel that this is a sentence that will rarely be used. It is natural enough in Parser's examples, but there are not many other situations in which it would be.

    I not infrequently mention my ex, but, to the best of my knowledge I have never said, "I am her ex " or "she is my ex". The closest I have come to this is when somebody has asked me who people in photographs are, and I have responded, "That's my ex".

    Before beginning this response, I checked with my ex, and she confirmed that she does not say, "I am his ex" or "he is my ex".

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