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Mother-in-law problem :)



ninon100
Russian Federation

Mother-in-law problem :)
 
Dear colleagues,
what do you call a person who used to be your mother-in-law? Now your father-in-law is divorced, and has a new wife. Is she my new mother-in-law? Does that mean I have 2 mothers-in-law? Or one of them is an ex-mother-in-law (but she´s still my husband´s mother).
It´s a question asked by a student of mine, so I need to come up with an answer asap! Thanks everyone :) 

22 Jan 2019      



douglas
United States

1) I would say my step mother-in-law
2) Your husband´s mother is always your mother-in-law.
3) If the ex-wife is not your husband´s mother, I would say my ex-mother-in-law.
 
A good general rule is to just add "-in-law" to whatever your husband calls her.

23 Jan 2019     



maryse peyé
France

Hi,
 
Yes, I was taught that stepmother was the proper term.
 
Douglas is more precise than I. Thanks Douglas for such a help.

23 Jan 2019     



ninon100
Russian Federation

If my old mother-in-law, who is divorced now, is my step mother-in-law, who is my new mother-in-law to me, if she is not my husband´s mother?

23 Jan 2019     



empish08
Germany

Your *husband´s* mother will always be your mother-in-law, as the title is connected to her relatedness to your husband. If your father-in-law (your husband´s father) remarries, that new wife is now your stepmother-in-law because she is your husband´s stepmother.

ETA: I edited my post slightly because I realised I had written "father´s" rather than "husband´s", which probably only confused matters. Sorry!

23 Jan 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I’m completely lost off with this... going for a lie-down.Confused

23 Jan 2019     



RabbitWho
Czech Republic

Plural is mother-in-laws / ex mother-in-laws 


If you divorce someone and then marry their sibling your ex mother-in-law is also your mother-in-law

23 Jan 2019     



douglas
United States

Are you sure the plural isn´t  "mothers-in-law"?

23 Jan 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

It was mothers-in-law when I was at school:) And I think Douglas pretty much nailed the answer.

23 Jan 2019     



ninon100
Russian Federation

Let´s sum up:
 
a mother-in-law is your husband´s mother (if you´re still married to him)
a step mother-in-law is your father-in-law´s new wife and not your husband´s mother
an ex-mother-in-law is your husband´s mother if you are divorced (and it´s your ex-husband´s mother)
 
Is that right? 

23 Jan 2019     



Aisha77
Spain

YES!! You´ve got it at the end!! And empish08 has nailed it! 
Cheers
Aisha ;) 

23 Jan 2019     

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