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    Question Will you marry me?

    If the guy ask "will you marry me?" can you answer "I do" or is it odd to say that?

    I know that the correct way to answer is Yes/I will but is "I do" wrong?
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    Default Re: Will you marry me?

    If you said that, he would think your native language was Nat, and not English.

    He might even withdraw the question and send you back to Mel in BKK.

    If you're giving flippant personal details like that you can't expect to be taken seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natbbq View Post

    I know that the correct way to answer is Yes/I will but is "I do" wrong?
    It's not illegal, but it will certainly sound wrong and unnatural.

    No is also a correct answer.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Will you marry me?

    Thanks for reply! but why sometime people say it or use it in the movie or song?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natbbq View Post
    Thanks for reply! but why sometime people say it or use it in the movie or song?
    I am not sure I do is a common answer even in songs and movies, but you might hear it a lot because I do is what the bride and groom say at the actual wedding ceremony. So we associate I do with the final step in becoming married.

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    Default Re: Will you marry me?

    In a church service that uses The Book of Common Prayer, the priest asks, during the marriage ceremony 'Do you take this man/woman to be...?', and the response is I do. As a result of this, 'say "I do"' is an informal synonym for 'get married'.

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    The last girl who asked me that question was asking me for my professional services. One of my hobbies is acting as celebrant at hatching, matching and dispatching ceremonies
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Nov-2010 at 14:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    hatching, matching and dispatching ceremonies
    I've never heard this before! Yours, or common amongst your ilk? It's hysterical.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard this before! Yours, or common amongst your ilk?
    It's not uncommon, but I have no idea how old the expression is.

    It's quite commonly used to refer to people who attend church only three times in their lives. Hatch, Match, and Dispatch Christians at Everything2.com This thread has rejected the link, so I have replaced the @ with 'at' - it's not a private email.


    It is also used to refer to the three announcement columns in newspapers more formally referred to as 'Births, Marriages and Deaths'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Nov-2010 at 18:09. Reason: representation of a link

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