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Reply to "his ex-wife"

Hello, Azz—Yes, I agree with you that most people would probably use (a) instead of (b), even though (b) is technically more accurate. I think the reason is that it may be felt impolite to imply overtly that the person has more than one ex-wife. If the interlocutor is aware that Tom does have more than one ex-wife and wishes to know which one the speaker is referring to, he'll probably ask.

Last edited by David, Moderator
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