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    My lovely in law

    I asking about meaning of my lovely in law??

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    Re: My lovely in law

    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas Tuela View Post
    I want asking to ask about the meaning of "my lovely in law". ??
    Welcome to the forum.

    Where did you find this strange phrase? Please give us the context and the complete sentence in which you saw it.

    Note my corrections above, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My lovely in law

    It could be my lovely in-law, which would mean someone you are related to by marriage. In-laws would be the plural.

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    Re: My lovely in law

    NOT A TEACHER.

    Probably the frase "my lovely in law" speaks about a person with who somebody lives but is not married or has any kind of ties of relationship. I think here could be missed a noun, for example:

    "My lovely woman-in-law invited me to watch a movie yesterday."
    "My lovely brother-in-law gets a new business contract."

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    Re: My lovely in law

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    Probably the phrase "my lovely in law" speaks about a person with who somebody lives but is not married or has any kind of ties of relationship.
    We don't use the phrase in that way. Tdol has explained how it can be used.

    I think here could be missed a noun,
    "My lovely woman-in-law invited me to watch a movie yesterday."
    "My lovely brother-in-law gets a new business contract."
    'Woman-in-law is not natural. We normally specify close in-laws (mother, father, sister, brother), but we don't specify more distant relations of our spouse. If I speak of 'my in-law', I am simply saying that that person is related by blood to my spouse. I haven't left a noun out - the precise relationship is not important.

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    Re: My lovely in law

    I thought for a moment that the non-existent *'woman-in-law' was due to some languages' use of 'woman' to mean 'wife'. But *'wife-in-law' doesn't exist either; in fact, far from existing, it makes no sense at all (except if a man bigamously married a woman who was already married to another woman - fairly improbable, I think).

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    Re: My lovely in law

    We have such a thing as "common law marriage," so I suppose one could be a "common law wife."

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    Re: My lovely in law

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We have such a thing as "common law marriage," so I suppose one could be a "common law wife."
    Yes, it does exist. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedicti...ommon-law+wife

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    Re: My lovely in law

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    This does not justify *wife-in-law in any sense. The notion of ‘common law‘ has no connection at all with the form ‘X-in-law‘. In this form, X can only be an immediate blood relative - as Piscean said some time ago.

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    Re: My lovely in law

    One could argue that a common-law wife was a wife in law (= a wife in the eyes of the law). That is not the same as wife-in-law, which does not exist.

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