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    He's off the market

    When celebrities get married in Korea, as an expression of jealousy, we sometimes say "He became an off-the-market man". I heard "He's off the market" is slang to mean "someone is not in the marriage market any more", but is "off-the-maket man" also possible?

    ex)He's off the market
    He's an off-the-maket man.

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    When celebrities get married in Korea, as an expression of jealousy, we sometimes say "He became an off-the-market man". I heard "He's off the market" is slang to mean "someone is not in the marriage market any more", but is "off-the-maket man" also possible?

    ex)He's off the market
    He's an off-the-maket man.
    I've never heard it.

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never heard it.
    You haven't heard the both, then what's the smilar expression?

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    You haven't heard the both either, then what's the smilar expression?
    I don't think we have one, but somebody may come up with something.

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't think we have one, but somebody may come up with something.
    I'm sorry you don't have one for that. It's just a joking nuance for anyone who got married, epecially for entertainers as they are not available in marriage market any more.

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    Re: He's off the market

    I don't think I've met it as a predicative adjective [Is that the word? Formal grammar isn't my Thing. I mean a one-word (with hyphens if it's more than one, as in 'one-word') adjective coming before the noun it describes.] But I wouldn't be surprised if I heard it used attributively:'He's off the market'.

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I'm sorry you don't have one for that. It's just a joking nuance for anyone who got married, epecially for entertainers as they are not available in marriage market any more.
    Aha - that's the word - 'He's not available' (or, more generally, 'already taken/spoken for' - 'Don't even think about it. She's already spoken for.' [This isn't very PC, but still... ]

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    Re: He's off the market

    So just to be clear "He's off the market" is common enough. It's the adjective form we are saying we are unfamiliar with.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He's off the market

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    So just to be clear "He's off the market" is common enough. It's the adjective form we are saying we are unfamiliar with.
    And I haven't heard of "an off-the-market man" either, but Koreans have such an adjective form, so I was wondering if English has its counterpart, but it doesn't.
    Last edited by keannu; 28-Dec-2011 at 02:42.

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