A little correction, if I may:Artrella said:Hi,
How do you call a man who has several wives?
I found polygamist but Teacher corrected it to poligamist
Panpan said:The first post says the teacher changed polygamist to 'polygamous'.
A polygamist is polygamous and is in a polygamous relationship. So it may have been the context which prompted the teacher to change it?
Hope this helps
Well you just have to NO NO NO her right back this time! Here's 22 dictionaries' results on one page that all say POLYGAMOUS is an adjective.Artrella said:
I'm sorry, but this person doesn't know her a-- from a hole in the ground when it comes to English grammar. But perhaps she has a good sense of the language.Artrella said:
Well put!!!mjscott said:Yes, Artrella! NO, NO, NO to that teacher! Polygamous is is adjective and polygamist is the noun.
(PS-You can be gracious to her while you are still under her tutelage, and smugly KNOW that you know more than she does!)
NTFS said:The right word to describe a man with several wives is "POLYGAMOUS"!!!
Sorry to be a hair-splitter, y'all . . . But, a MAN who has several WIVES is called a polygynist, and is practicing polygyny.gotitadeleche said:Yes, but in this case polygamous is a predicate adjective. To use it as a noun you say the man is a polygamist.
VenusEnvy said:Polygamy is when a person in general has more than one spouse.
Polygyny is when a man has more than one wife.
Polyandry is when a woman has more than one husband.
polygynist was not found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's DictionaryVenusEnvy said:Sorry to be a hair-splitter, y'all . . . But, a MAN who has several WIVES is called a polygynist, and is practicing polygyny.
Wow, that's confusing. It seems as though different sources define polygyny differently. Regardless, I think it is very rare. I've never seen or hear it.Artrella said:polygyny /pldni/ n. L18. [f. POLY- + Gk gune woman: see -Y3.] 1 Polygamy in which one man has two or more wives at the same time. Cf. POLYANDRY. L18. 2 The fact or state (of a male animal) of having more than one female mate. E20.polygynist n. a person who practises or favours polygyny; a man who has several wives at the same time: L19.
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gaer said:Wow, that's confusing. It seems as though different sources define polygyny differently. Regardless, I think it is very rare. I've never seen or heard it.