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Autor:  Dale-USA
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  12/AGO/2012 12:05 AM
Assunto:  Ex / Former
 
Mensagem:  When used as adjectives, they are usually interchangeable.  Possibly it's merely a difference in taste, in collocation.

Her ex-husband = Her former husband
His ex-boss = His former boss

but
The ex-tenant = The former tenant
(I have never heard "ex-tenant" used.)
The ex-colony = The former colony 
(I have never heard "ex-colony" used.)

"Former" is sometimes used to mean "the one before, the previous".  This meaning is not quite the same as "ex".    I wish I could be more helpful.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Ex / Former  –  Gissele  11/AGO/2012, 11:44 PM
 Ex / Former  –  Dale-USA  12/AGO/2012, 12:05 AM
Ex / Former  –  Gissele  12/AGO/2012, 11:32 PM

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