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    matrimony

    Hello, teachers:
    I came across a term "matrimony".
    I am wondering what is the difference between it and "marriage".
    Is it strange if you replace the term "marriage" with it?

    May I have your clarification?
    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by WUKEN; 06-Jun-2010 at 16:24.

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    Re: matrimony

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    I came across a term "matrimony".
    I am wondering what is the difference between it and "marriage".
    Is it strange if you replace the term "marriage" with it?

    May I have your clarification?
    Thanks a lot!
    Matrimony is specifically "the state of being married". In a church wedding, the officiator says something like "We are gathered here today to witness the joining of these two people in holy matrimony".

    A marriage refers to the actual relationship (sometimes): Their marriage is over. The marriage is going well so far but they've only been together 6 months!

    Having said all of that, you can still say "I went to the church and witnessed their marriage", but you don't say "I witnessed the matrimony".

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