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    A Question About Affinity

    This question may sound odd but.... can your aunt's husband call you nephew / niece. In my culture, the answer is NO. What about English and American cultures?

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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    Quote Originally Posted by murat guler View Post
    This question may sound odd but.... can your aunt's husband call you nephew / niece. In my culture, the answer is NO. What about English and American cultures?

    Thanks
    Yes, in the US. I am an uncle to the children of my wife's sisters and brothers. Also, I am a nephew to the marriage partners of my mother's sisters and brothers.

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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    Some dictionaries here only say that one's siblings' children are their nephews and nieces. Others say that their spouses' siblings' children can be so called.

    I can't help feeling some legal complications could arise when the 'uncle and aunt' aren't legally married.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Dec-2013 at 00:49.

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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    Quote Originally Posted by murat guler View Post
    This question may sound odd but.... can your aunt's husband call you nephew / niece. In my culture, the answer is NO. What about English and American cultures?

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    It is very common in the US for husbands of aunts and wives of uncles to be called "uncle" and "aunt", respectively.

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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    I take great delight in the children of my husband's sister and most definitely refer to them as my niece and nephew. The children of my brother are my husband's niece and nephew.

    What do you call them? My wife's niece? My husband's nephew?
    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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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    Posts #4 and 5 apply equally to us here in the UK. I should have made that clear in the first place. We can of course call anybody anything we like as long as they are happy about it and we cause nobody any offence.

    I'm just contemplating some potential legal ramifications. If my wife dies first, leaving me as her sole beneficiary, will her nephews have any claim on my estate if I die intestate? Would it make a difference if she were my unmarried partner rather than my wife?
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    Re: A Question About Affinity

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    I'm just contemplating some potential legal ramifications. If my wife dies first, leaving me as her sole beneficiary, will her nephews have any claim on my estate if I die intestate?
    Not if you have blood relations.

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