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    Default had married/was married with ?

    Does "had married" have the same meaning as "was married with" ?

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    Not really. The second one tells you certainly that she/he is not married any more (one of them died, they divorced etc.). Also, I would use married to. The first one depends on the context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    The second one tells you certainly that she/he is not married any more (one of them died, they divorced etc.).
    With all due respect, that's not so. As always, context makes it clear whether s/he is still married or not.
    It was only a couple of days ago that the same question cropped up. Then fivejedjon provided an excellent answer:

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    As others have said suggested, context is very important.


    The new manager seemed to fancy me, but I was married, so nothing happened. My wife still laughs about it. (I am still married)
    I was married when I first met Jill, but my wife left me the following year, and we divorced soon after. (I am no longer married to that wife).

    I was a police officer when we married, so my wife knew I'd have to work unsocial hours at times. She soon got used to it, and doesn't complain any more. ( I am still a police officer.)
    I was a police officer for twenty years. Then I had a bad accident and was pensioned off. (I am no longer a police officer.).,


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    Thank you, ~May~. I haven't thought about that. As you said, fivejedjon gave an excellent answer.

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    Default Re: had married/was married with ?

    Note that we are married 'to', not married 'with', somebody.
    Last edited by 5jj; 18-Aug-2011 at 07:48. Reason: missing comma added

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    Default Re: had married/was married with ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    Thank you, ~May~. I haven't thought about that. As you said, fivejedjon gave an excellent answer.
    I hope you have. I think you mean, "I hadn't thought about that." or "I didn't think of that."
    That is, "I hadn't thought about that until you mentioned it. Now I have, and I understand it."

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