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    Happen vs go

    When we make some general enquirers like How is your school going? How is your football practice going?, we use the verb go.If I want to ask about a particular events, can we use the word happen? like how did the marriage happen?


    And what word do we use for exams?
    happen or go.

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    Re: Happen vs go

    No, that would mean that you want to know why something came to exist or take place.

    If you say "How did this happen?" you are looking for an explanation, not a description.

    How did your exams go? How did you do on your exams?
    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: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, that would mean that you want to know why something came to exist or take place.

    If you say "How did this happen?" you are looking for an explanation, not a description.

    How did your exams go? How did you do on your exams?
    Then how should I ask if I want to make enquiry about marriage?

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    Re: Happen vs go

    Do you want to know if the wedding was nice? Do you want to know if they are enjoying married life? Or do you want to know how they came to meet and fall in love, especially if you find it unlikely that they should have gotten married?

    How was the wedding?
    How is married life treating you?
    How did you come to be married?
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    Re: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Then how should I ask if I want to make enquiry about marriage?
    What do you want to know?
    "How is your marriage going?"; "How did your wedding go?"
    'Wedding' is a better word for the event. 'Marriage' is generally used for the ongoing state, like 'jail term', not a single event (though 'marriage' can be used this way - "Saturday saw the marriage of John Smyth with Lydia Longlegs").

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    Re: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    What do you want to know?
    "How is your marriage going?"; "How did your wedding go?"
    'Wedding' is a better word for the event. 'Marriage' is generally used for the ongoing state, like 'jail term', not a single event (though 'marriage' can be used this way - "Saturday saw the marriage of John Smyth with Lydia Longlegs").
    I am sorry.I should have used the word wedding.People here mostly use marriage instead of wedding like I go to marriage.

    Can I say I hope the wedding went well. I think the correct form would be I hope the wedding was good.


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    Re: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    How was the wedding?
    This one is nearly answering my doubt but I want to emphasize that there is no problem occurred in wedding.(i.e everything went smooth)

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    Re: Happen vs go

    "I hope the wedding went smoothly" is fine - so are your two in blue above.

    Colloquially, you can use other expressions too, of course.
    I assume the wedding went off without a hitch? (That's an expression that means "very smoothly.")
    The wedding was smooth sailiing all the way, I trust?
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    Re: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "I hope the wedding went smoothly" is fine -
    Can I ask this as question ? like

    Did the wedding go smoothly?

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    Re: Happen vs go

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    so are your two in blue above.
    Shouldn't it be "So are your two sentences in blue above"?

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