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  5. "Eksa edzino estas eksedzino."

"Eksa edzino estas eksedzino."

Translation:A former wife is an ex-wife.

June 19, 2015



Some of these sentences make no sense in English

"An ex-wife is an ex-wife"


Yes, we have these kinds of sentences, so you can see that the same concepts can be expressed in different ways. I use these a lot in the Affixes lessons, because I want people to know that affixes can also be used on their own, adding to the language's flexibility.


In Esperanto they are completely right, and that's what this course teaches, so basically it doesn't really matter :)

Also, that sentence is the one I chose to use, but there are others, as Ludanto said, that are also right and not redundant.


It makes perfect sense. It's just not very informative.

"An ex-wife is an ex-wife" is an example of a tautology. Saying "A equals A" doesn't add a lot of information, but if A is not equal to A, then there's something majorly wrong with the universe.


but if A is not equal to A, then there's something majorly wrong with the universe.

lol xD


It also depends on how you say it. "A former wife is an ex-wife" seems totally normal.


Congratulations. According to the transitive property, you just defeated Muammar Qaddafi in arm wrestling.


Circular sentence is circular



because it's circular


What I like about these tautologies is than, even when they are absolutely uninformative from a purely semantic point of view, sometimes they may seem quite relevant and worth remembering from a more realistic point of view.


What do you say for a former wife (or husband) that isn't an ex, but actually deceased?

The following are each a bit different in meaning:

His former wife that is his ex.

His former wife that was his ex and now deceased.

His former, now deceased, wife.



I would probably use eksedzino, mortinta eksedzino, and mortinta edzino.


Vidvo = widower, vidvino = widow.

(Mi estas vidvo. Nun por tridek jaroj.)

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