Wednesday, April 06, 2005

marry/get married

I got married in 1989.
I married in 1989.

These two sentences have basically the same meaning. The use of get married works with the singular but probably is more comfortable with the plural.

We got married in 1989.
We married in 1989.

Personally, I think the plain verb marry is better than get married, but since get married is in common use, I am sure I will see it again and again.

Marriage, however, is a noun. A person or a couple cannot get marriage. They can have a good marriage, a happy marriage, a bad marriage, or an unhappy marriage. If they have a bad marriage they might choose to get a divorce or to divorce.

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