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    #1

    Open marriage

    Is there another word for an open marriage?

    What do you call a partner who you live with in an open marriage " a live-in girlfriend"? Are there other words for it?

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    Re: Open marriage

    What is your definition of "open marriage"?

    I understand it to be when a man and woman are legally married to each other, but free to have sexual relationships with other people.

    But since they are married, the terms "husband" and "wife" still apply.

    Maybe you mean what we call a "common law" marriage? That's where people live together as husband and wife without being legally married. In some US states (following the English common law), living with someone for a certain number of years can automatically convert a relationship into a legal marriage.

    Or do you just mean when two people live together? There is no standard term for that.

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    Re: Open marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    What is your definition of "open marriage"?

    I understand it to be when a man and woman are legally married to each other, but free to have sexual relationships with other people.

    But since they are married, the terms "husband" and "wife" still apply.

    Maybe you mean what we call a "common law" marriage? That's where people live together as husband and wife without being legally married. In some US states (following the English common law), living with someone for a certain number of years can automatically convert a relationship into a legal marriage.

    Or do you just mean when two people live together? There is no standard term for that.
    When they live togather but don't have a marriage certificate.

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    Re: Open marriage

    I think it depends on the couple. There are no standard rules. Most would probably use boyfriend or girlfriend.

    The US Census once used the term POOSSLQ, but it did not catch on.

    (That's "Persons Of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters.")

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    Re: Open marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think it depends on the couple. There are no standard rules. Most would probably use boyfriend or girlfriend.

    The US Census once used the term POOSSLQ, but it did not catch on.

    (That's "Persons Of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters.")
    What is your opinion on terms a nuclear family, an extended family, a blended family and a single house-hold?

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    Re: Open marriage

    Nuclear family would be mom and dad and the kids.

    Extended family would be that plus some other relatives, maybe a grandparent or uncle.

    Blended, I am not sure. Perhaps it is meant when children from previous marriages are brought together under one roof by a new marriage.

    Single household? Do you mean a person living all by himself or herself? Or a single-parent household?

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    Re: Open marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Nuclear family would be mom and dad and the kids.

    Extended family would be that plus some other relatives, maybe a grandparent or uncle.

    Blended, I am not sure. Perhaps it is meant when children from previous marriages are brought together under one roof by a new marriage.

    Single household? Do you mean a person living all by himself or herself? Or a single-parent household?
    I ment single-parent house.

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    Re: Open marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The term that used to be used was "shack up". A shack is a small house in disrepair. This is the sort of place where a man might take a woman if he didn't want anyone to know about their relationship. The woman was called a "Shack up job". Another term that was used was, "living in sin". Most states in the US recognize a man and woman living together without a marriage license as a common law marriage if they have lived together for a specified time.
    Is it better to say " a meriage certificate" or "a mariage license"?

    Same meaning?

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    #9

    Re: Open marriage

    When they live together but don't have a marriage certificate.
    We sometimes say they're cohabiting.

    They could call each other their partner or significant other.

    Rover

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    #10

    Re: Open marriage

    The following words are related to the problem, but I don't want to explain their meanings. I'm not sure if they're used in the same way as they Polish counterparts and I hope a native speaker will sort them out.

    Concubinage, concubinate, concubinacy, concubine.

    The only thing I'm pretty sure about is that "concubinate" is rarely used.
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