Originally Posted by Piak
Are these sentences correct English?
1. Father and mother have not registered their marriage with each other yet. <
I would not use "each other" here. I would write it like this: Father and mother have not registered their marriage yet.
This sentence is grammatically correct, though I have not heard of "registering a marriage". Grammatically, the sentence is fine.
2. Father and mother did not get their marriage registered with each other yet. <
I would not use "each other" here. It's not necessary because we know that "father and mother" can only get their marriage registered "with each other". Using "each other" is awkward sounding and I'd also say it is redundant in some way.
For informal speaking "yet" is some times used with the simple past. Many people would argue that we should not use "yet" with the simple past at all. To be safe, you are better off staying with the first sentence. Native speakers of English might use a sentence like this from time to time. It is really a usage isssue in my opinion. You would do better to stay with the first sentence.
Here is a definition of "yet" and a usage note. Take a look at the usage note. It basically says what I just said here. http://www.bartleby.com/61/97/Y0019700.html
3. They lived together as husband and wife to each other without getting the marriage registered. <
I would leave out "to each other". We know that this relationship is reciprocal already without using "each other".
I recommend writing the sentence like this: They lived together as husband and wife without getting the marriage registered.
Once again, I have not heard of "registering a marriage", but the sentence is grammatically correct. I would just say "without getting married".
It is because I haven't seen any questions that I posted on the Forum twice a couple of days before, I therefore post those again. Please help correct them for me. <
From what I understand, there were some technical difficulties with the forum. This should be all set now.
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