getting married or marry

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bosun, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. bosun Banned

    What is the difference between getting married, being married or marry?

    Pleae provide me with specific examples. Thanks!!!
  2. Salmantina

    Salmantina Senior Member

    Maastricht, the Netherlands & Veldwezelt, Belgium
    Het Brabantsche land, the Netherlands

    Getting married = the act of marrying itself I am getting married tomorrow.
    Being married = someone is carrying out the act marrying two persons. The two of them were being married by friar Davids yesterday.
    Marry = more or less the same as the first, but usually combined with a complement Will you marry me?

    Hope it helps!
    To all the native English-speakers around here: Please correct me if I´m mistaken!

  3. tphuong122002 Senior Member

    Vietnamese Vietnam
    Tom is no more a single man. He is married. Tom got married last year. He married my sister.
  4. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Good start, Salmantina. I'll add some alternative meanings to those you have given.
  5. Toadie

    Toadie Senior Member

    Salmantina did a great job explaining it. All I have to say is that "to get married" is more common (around here) than "to marry" ("We got married" > "We married")
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 26, 2008

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