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    #1

    former girlfriend

    Do 'his old girlfriend', 'his former girlfriend' and 'his previous girlfriend' mean the last girlfriend he had before the current one (or if he is single now, the last one he ever dated), or could these expressions refer to any of his former girlfriends?

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    Re: former girlfriend

    His previous girlfriend means the one before the current one. The other two mean any girlfriend before the current one. Be careful though: a previous girlfriend also means any one before the current one.
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    Re: former girlfriend

    "Ex-girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband" are used in BrE to refer to any partner before the current one or, if the person is now single, simply any previous partner.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: former girlfriend

    Or just ex- my ex, his ex, etc.

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    #5

    Re: former girlfriend

    Although I agree with everybody's comments on this, I feel that if I were to say, 'my old girlfriend' I would be referring to my last girlfriend. If I didn't mean that I would say, 'one of my old girlfriends'.
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