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    Got married vs got wedded

    I know it might be uncommon but is it correct to say 'we got wedded' instead of got married? Thanks

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    No.

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    So, how would you use 'wed' as a verb?

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    Quote Originally Posted by Kameha View Post
    So, how would you use 'wed' as a verb?
    "Got wed" is possible. "Got wedded" is not. (except perhaps among Afan speakers in Aaland)

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    Quote Originally Posted by Kameha View Post
    So, how would you use 'wed' as a verb?
    Well, if you had to use it, it would be correct in Br Eng, though unusual, to say 'We got wed' or 'We were wed'; it's quite quaint - either archaic or regional or both. Wed is an interesting verb. It is like 'cut' in that its three forms are all the same. But there is also a weak/regular past participle*, not used with reference to marriage. A person who is - for example - 'wedded to his mobile phone', is strongly attached to it.

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    PS *It would be tempting - and indeed some grammarians might think it would be preferable - to hold that 'wedded' in this sense has no connection with the verb 'wed'. But, although there has been no ceremony linking the person and the thing, it seems to me that the sense of being in some way 'bound' justifies my use of the term 'past participle'.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Apr-2013 at 15:08. Reason: PS added

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    'Wed' is mostly used in newspaper headlines where short words are needed to save space.

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    Re: Got married vs got wedded

    And the fact that the simple past is the same length as the simple present make headline-writing much more flexible.

    A PS to my last post:
    ... But there is also a weak/regular past participle*, not used with reference to marriage...
    This is not quite true; it's true of the idiom 'be wedded to', but not of collocations like 'wedded bliss' - which do refer to marriage.

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