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    #1

    with / to ?

    Hello,

    Which is the correct preposition?:

    What happened when he announced his wedding with / to May?

    Given that you marry to a person.... I would choose "to"; but as I am not completely sure, I have decided to ask you.

    Thank you for your help, as always

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    Re: with / to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    Which is the correct preposition?:

    What happened when he announced his wedding with / to May? "... he announced his marriage to May."

    Given that you marry to a person.... I would choose "to"; but as I am not completely sure, I have decided to ask you.

    Thank you for your help, as always
    You marry a person or get married to a person. A wedding is the marriage ceremony and the party that often follows it.

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    Re: with / to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You marry a person or get married to a person. A wedding is the marriage ceremony and the party that often follows it.

    My question was related to the preposition and I don't fully understand your red bold. Does it mean that the preposition chosen in the sentence is the correct one? Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: with / to ?

    It is not natural to say that he announced his wedding with/ to May. You would say that he announced his marriage to May.

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    #5

    Re: with / to ?

    Given that you marry to a person....
    No, you don't. You marry a person.

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    #6

    Re: with / to ?

    Not a teacher.

    A problem with this sentence is that ambiguities arise from the word 'announce' - since that verb can also claim the words 'with' and 'to'.
    E.g.: 'David Cameron announced with Nick Clegg that the Coalition Government would ban umbrellas.'
    Cf.: 'David Cameron announced to an astonished audience that the Coalition Government would ban umbrellas.'

    So you need to get past that first, and for this reason I would rephrase it. 'What happened when he announced he would marry May?'. Otherwise, the reader might have to take a moment to wonder whether your lucky bachelor:
    • announced to May that he was about to marry someone
    • made a joint announcement, with May, that he was going to marry someone.

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