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    Smile Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    Hi!

    I saw a comment by a forum member who gave the thumbs down about applying "lotta", "wanna" to English writing .

    I am wondering whether it is okay to write 'ex'?

    For example, He is her ex.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    I saw a comment by a forum member who gave the thumbs down about applying "lotta", "wanna" to English writing .

    I am wondering whether it is okay to write 'ex'?

    For example, He is her ex.

    Thanks!
    I wouldn't use it, certainly not in formal writing, maybe in a note to a friend or family member, "He is her ex boyfriend/ex husband" is ok but "former" is better.

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    Hi Bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your help.


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    Re: Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    I remember in grammar class long ago (4th-5th grade) "ex-husband/ex-wife" was one of the vocabulary words. I think it was mostly to show us where to put the apostrophe when we make it possessive. I agree with bhaisahab, however. "Former" is more appropriate.

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    Hey Thedeebo,

    Thank you for your input.


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    Re: Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    On the other hand, colloquially you will hear it quite often here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    On the other hand, colloquially you will hear it quite often here.
    Thank you, Anglika.

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    Re: Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    Not in formal writing, I agree, but it's VERY common in the US to use "ex" to refer to the ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, whatever.

    Will Jeanne come to the party knowing that two of her exes will be there?
    I ran into my ex at dinner last night.

    Very, VERY common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Not in formal writing, I agree, but it's VERY common in the US to use "ex" to refer to the ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, whatever.

    Will Jeanne come to the party knowing that two of her exes will be there?
    I ran into my ex at dinner last night.

    Very, VERY common.
    Thank you, Barb_D.

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    Re: Is 'ex' okay in English writing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Will Jeanne come to the party knowing that two of her exes will be there?
    I ran into my ex at dinner last night.
    How many exes make an excess?

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