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marry vs. get married (to a rich old man)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hx1997, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. hx1997

    hx1997 Junior Member

    中文 Chinese - Mandarin
    Hi,

    today I came across this sentence
    Instead of the sentence above, is it correct to say
    ?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
  3. hx1997

    hx1997 Junior Member

    中文 Chinese - Mandarin
    Hi, Beryl. Thanks for your reply.

    Sorry that I didn't make myself clear, but I meant to ask if the structure "make ... get married to" is correct. It sounds a bit weird to me. "Make ... marry" sounds better.
     
  4. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    Yes it's perfectly standard. When you make someone do something it means that you have (in some way) forced them to do it ... some level of coercion is present. It could be physical, or psychological.

    I made my children do their homework. (I stood behind them with a big stick).

    They made him pay his taxes, by threatening to put him in prison.
     
  5. hx1997

    hx1997 Junior Member

    中文 Chinese - Mandarin
    OK. Thank you for making me understand it!
     

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