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    Default Re: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    There are also very, very few times in life when you feel more nervous than you do on your wedding day standing up there in front of everyone who is important to you as you take your vows.

    People make verbal slip-ups in the most casual of situations. It's very easy to make them in stressful ones.

    The phrase "I do" is so linked to the idea of a wedding in the US that even if the officiant asks "Will you..." and you are nervous, you reply with "I do."
    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: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    Okay, I understand if it was just a slip-up.
    Thank you everyone.

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    Default Re: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So there might be thousands of people who have all heard this; and it's still incorrect English.
    Actually, I'm interested in not only the correct grammar but also how often such slip-ups happen. Since I understand this is a place to discuss the grammar, I'll ask somewhere else about the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Actually, I'm interested in not only the correct grammar but also how often such slip-ups happen. Since I understand this is a place to discuss the grammar, I'll ask somewhere else about the latter.

    We discuss things like that here too. In fact you've been given several reasons why this might occur already - incorrect prescription of the words to say, nervousness, unfamiliarity with the language. But since you suggested that “Actually, it seems they can even be used in a mixed way,” it obviously seemed necessary for some of us to disabuse you of that opinion - that is, grammatical correctness is not one of those reasons for the phenomenon.
    Other reasons not mentioned yet could be: Not remembering how the long formualic question began, and hence not knowing how to respond; a late change by the priest in how he would ask the question, without informing the couple; the bride (or groom) having practiced their incorrect responses in front of the mirror so often that the answer becomes automatic. Finally, there might be odd places where pidginisation has led to the equation of "I will" and "I do" as equally correct answers to either "Will you?" and "Do you?" - though I doubt this last reason.

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    Default Re: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    Thank you for your explanation, Raymott, but

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    since you suggested that “Actually, it seems they can even be used in a mixed way,” it obviously seemed necessary for some of us to disabuse you of that opinion - that is, grammatical correctness is not one of those reasons for the phenomenon.
    no, I didn’t mean responding “I do” to “Will you” or vice versa by “they can even be used in a mixed way”. If you carefully read the 1st paragraph of my 1st post, you’ll notice that this “they” mean questions, not a combination of a question and an answer. I was talking about only the questions in the first paragraph. I admit it was confusing because I put more than one point in a thread, though. Sorry about that.

    What I meant by that was a case where the questioner uses both “Do you” and “Will you” in one occasion, like the following example:

    Do you (name) take (name) to be your lawful wedded wife/husband? (each responds, "I do.") Will you love, respect and honor her/him throughout your years together? (each responds, "I will.")

    Such cases do exist, don't they?
    Last edited by herbivorie; 01-Jun-2011 at 11:42.

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    Default Re: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    I wanted to post the link to the source of the above example, but the system says "To be able to post links or images your post count must be 10 or greater" (I currently have 8 posts.)

    Please Google "plan your wedding ceremony com", go to Wedding Vows, then Traditional Vows. The second one is the one.

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    Default Re: "I do" in response to "Will you...?"

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    What I meant by that was a case where the questioner uses both “Do you” and “Will you” in one occasion, like the following example:

    Do you (name) take (name) to be your lawful wedded wife/husband? (each responds, "I do.") Will you love, respect and honor her/him throughout your years together? (each responds, "I will.")

    Such cases do exist, don't they?
    Yes. We can say pretty much what we want if we design our own service. Your example, quoted above, is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes. We can say pretty much what we want if we design our own service. Your example, quoted above, is fine.
    Thank you.

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