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A Male and a Female were sitting on a bench in a garden. The Gardener asked the Male, "What is your relation with this Female?" the Male replied, "Her mother-in-law is the daughter of my mother-in-law."

What is the relation between them?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the gardener the female sitting on the bench in the garden? $\endgroup$ – haykam Jun 8 '16 at 15:54
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The female was

the daughter in law of the male.

"Her mother-in-law is the daughter of my mother-in-law" can be simplified to

"Her mother-in-law is my wife"

which implies that the female is his wife's daughter in law and also his daughter in law.

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Another possible answer:

The phrase "the daughter of my mother-in-law" can mean wife, yes, but it could also be his sister-in-law, if he is married to one of her brothers. So then the female on the bench would be the daughter-in-law of his sister-in-law, making her his niece-in-law-in-law (and if you know enough genealogy to come up with a better name than that minor disaster, please don't hesitate to post!)

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    $\begingroup$ This is why I added the language tag to it. "the daughter" implies that there is only one, whereas "a daughter" would imply that there is more than one. That's my justification anyways. I initially was going to make your answer, and then I decided to write a comment, and then I just updated the tag. Take my +1 :) $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 8 '16 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ @LeppyR64 I was aware of the "the"- it's only a restriction if you assume men can only marry women. If John marries Bob, and Bob has a single sister named Sarah, then Sarah would be the daughter of John's mother-in-law $\endgroup$ – Patrick N Jun 8 '16 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ My comprehension needs some work. :) $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 8 '16 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ You would need only one "-in-law", as your spouse's niece/nephew is also your own niece/nephew (you don't call the people who marry your aunt/uncle your aunt-/uncle-in-law, do you?). $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Jun 9 '16 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ @feelinferrety Yeah, but this isn't the guy's spouse's niece-in-law, it's the guy's sister-in-law's niece-in-law $\endgroup$ – Patrick N Jun 9 '16 at 2:52
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The obvious answer...

The male would call this female his daughter-in-law. The female's mother-in-law would be his mother-in-law's daughter (wife).

Daughter-in-law

An alternative answer...

The male would call this female his niece(-in-law). The female's mother-in-law's mother could also have another child to whom the male is married. The female's mother-in-law's child would be his spouse's niece/nephew, and hence his own niece/nephew. Technically, this person's spouse would be his niece-in-law, but colloquially, he would probably call her his niece.

Niece(-in-law)

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