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    Do we go to "church" or "the church" to be wedded in the holy state of matrimony?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do we go to "church" or "the church" to be wedded in the holy state of matrimony?
    Normally to the church you have decided on.

    Normally you go to church to take part in a regular service, though you are married in church.

    'wed', the normal past participle of WED in BrE, is a little formal/literary/old-fashioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Normally to the church you have decided on.

    Normally you go to church to take part in a regular service, though you are married in church.

    'wed', the normal past participle of WED in BrE, is a little formal/literary/old-fashioned.
    If I am not talking about a specific church, can I say in general to go to church to get merried not to court?

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    In general, we talk about getting married in church or at the register office/Savoy Hotel/Las Vegas/Leicester Guildhall etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In general, we talk about getting married in church or at the register office/Savoy Hotel/Las Vegas/Leicester Guildhall etc.

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    1)Is it possible to say go to church to get merried without "the" as opposed to the register office? 2)Is it about the difference between AmE and BE as in "I've got to go to the hospital" or "I've got to go to hospital"?

    I've been googling and here is what I've come across.

    "HE really wants to get married in the church, and he's already said he doesn't, then I'll do it, but I know it is what THEY want, not HIM".

    In the above given sentence it's "in the church" not "in church"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)Is it possible to say go to church to get merried without "the" as opposed to the register office?
    It's possible to say anything you feel like saying. Why should you want to, when Rover and I have told you what normal usage is?

    Is it about the difference between AmE and BE as in "I've got to go to the hospital" or "I've got to go to hospital"?
    Well the Corpus of Contemporary American gives 699 citations for 'go to church', and just 35 for 'go to the church', so I shouldn't think so.

    I've been googling If you don't want to believe us, why don't you just google in the first place? and here is what I've come across.

    "HE really wants to get married in the church, and he's already said he doesn't, then I'll do it, but I know it is what THEY want, not HIM".

    In the above given sentence it's "in the church" not "in church"
    You missed the previous sentence: "...his parents corner him and tell him that the only thing they wish for this wedding is that we get married in "THE CHURCH". Ugh. I told him it is his call - if HE really wants to get married in the church, and he"s already said he doesn"t, then I"ll do it, but I know it is what THEY want, not HIM".

    The capital letters and inverted commas, in the light of what was written before, tell us that getting married "IN THE CHURCH" means getting married according to the rites of the (Catholic) church.

    Satisfied yet?

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