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Hi everybody,

1/A one-time pupil/politician = A former pupil/politician = An ex_pupil/politician =

A late pupil/politician ?

Are one-time, former, late and ex_ interchangeable? If not, what is the difference btw them?

2/ I think one-time, former, late and ex_ can refer to a person that is either still alive or dead. Right?

3/Only the word former can refer to a person who has changed his name. Right?

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ex can refer to someone with a new name due to divorce.

The ex-Mrs. Greenberg has resumed her maiden name of Ms. Susan Smith.
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Hi,

2/ I think one-time, former, late and ex_ can refer to a person that is either still alive or dead. Right?

If you want to use an adjective to tell me Tom Smith is dead, call him 'the late Tom Smith'. As long as I knowe he's dead, you could then continue 'He was a one-time/former/ex- boxer.' This means that his career as a boxer ended some time before he died. It was not ended by his death.

Best wishes, Clive
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For me, "late" means "dead" there.
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