Discussion in 'English Only' started by arageme, Oct 17, 2005.
i´d like to know the difference between these two words. could anyone help?
Hello, Arageme, and welcome to the forums.
Bill Clinton is a former President of the United States. One of his previous positions was that of governor of Arkansas.
Without context, it's hard to pin down the difference. Is there a specific sentence you had in mind but didn't know which word to use in?
Also, please don't post the same question in three different threads. It won't be answered any faster.
Sorry about sending same question several times. I didn´t know!
I just wanted to explain to my students the basic difference in meaning so that they could know which of the two words to use in a multiple choice fill-in-the-gaps exercise.
Thanks very much anyway
Former means "was", or "of the past", and does not imply that it will be again. Yet it does not exclude the qualites nor possibility.
Previous simply means "before", as in a series.
He was the former president.
He was previously the president.
The former day, ...
The previous day, ...
Mainly, the difference is that former is a noun and previous is an adjective so the main difference is where it is placed in a sentence.
Also, both can be used as adverbs: formerly and previously.
Hope this helps
I have a doubt: Is it right to say "Ex-President"?
Yes, you can say ex-president.
People use ex- often. For example, very few times do people say "my former boyfriend/girlfriend" or "my previous girlfriend/boyfriend". 99.9% of the time they say "my ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend"
You can't say the ex-day, however.
You use ex when you say something was something. I.e. Bill Clinton was the president. or She/he was my girlfriend/boyfriend
Hope it helps!
P.S.- one would say i have a question rather than i have a doubt in english
Alright, I understood! Thank you!
Thanks! I'll take it into account.
Are you ok with me correcting you? Many people find this very helpful when learning a language
You say this if you understand now. You use "understood" if you understood it before I said it, as it's past. Also, while "Alright, I understand!" is grammatically correct, most people would not use "alright" there and say "ah," "oh," or "ok."
Just let me know if you don't want me to correct you
Sure, you're doing me a big favor.
Ok, I understand
In Spanish, when someone explains you something and after the explanation you want to say that you get it now, you can say it both in present and past. For instance, "De acuerdo, ahora entiendo", "Entiendo", "Está bien, entendí", and as I said, "De acuerdo, entendí".
Ex- designates the person who immediately preceded the current titleholder in that position; former designates an earlier titleholder.
Ex-president Bill Clinton lives in New York. (He held office immediately before the current president.)
Former president Jimmy Carter lives in Georgia. (He held office sometime before the current president and that person's immediate predecessor.) The Gregg Reference Manual
Separate names with a comma.