Bride-to-be and groom-to-be are pretty much commonly used. My question is can we say father-in-law to be or mother-in-law to be? Or if that's not correct, what do we say here?

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    If it were correct, it would need all the dashes (so, father-in-law-to-be) but I don't like it. I'd just say "future father-in-law". – Mr Lister Sep 27 '17 at 11:37
  • Did you search for such usages? What did you find? That might answer your question. As a strict language question, of course you can. Another option would be "future father-in-law". – user3169 Sep 28 '17 at 1:53
  • I found nothing on the internet. It simply doesn't exist – Ardis Ell Sep 28 '17 at 10:16

You can say this, but there are better alternatives. It would need all the hyphens (so, "father-in-law-to-be") but I don't like it. I'd just say "future father-in-law".

If you jilt the bride-to-be or groom-to-be at the altar you can even say ex-father-in-law-to-be(!)

  • This answer was rather more like a comment than a question. On the other hand there were answers written as comments. Rather than make a new answer to this old question I've edited the comments into the answer. – James K Jun 18 '18 at 6:26

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