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  1. moonlike's Avatar
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    #1

    get married to/to be married to

    Hi
    I bet most of you after seeing this thread said:"Oh my goodness! The same old question!". Honestly speaking I went through the related post but I couldn't get my answer. So I'd be happy if you kindly help me.
    We say to be married to somebody means that person is your husband. For example, "I'm married to Carlie" means "Charlie is my husband" (It's something that I was taught at uni, please correct me if I was misled).
    1. Can we say I got married to Charlie instead of the bold sentence above?
    2. Can we say I'll probably get married to an artist? (I myself think we can't, because we need a proper noun after to get married to or to be married to. Please correct me if I'm not right.)
    Thanks a million.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    #2

    Re: get married to/to be married to

    I got married- this refers to the event. We don't know if you're still married. I would expect you to say more. I got married to Charlie in 2003. You could also just say that you married Charlie in 2003, without the use of "got."

    You do not need a proper noun.
    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: get married to/to be married to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I got married- this refers to the event. We don't know if you're still married. I would expect you to say more. I got married to Charlie in 2003. You could also just say that you married Charlie in 2003, without the use of "got."

    You do not need a proper noun.
    Thanks Barb. To me the following sentences are correct, could you kindly correct me if I'm not right?
    1. She was married to Charlie in 2003 = She got married to Charlie.
    2. She got married to a professor = She was married to a professor.
    3. I'll probably get married to an artist = I'll probably be married to an artist.(Honestly, the second alternative here sound weird to me.)
    Thanks a million.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    #4

    Re: get married to/to be married to

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    1. She was married to Charlie in 2003 = She got married to Charlie.
    They could, but do not neccessarily, mean the same. The first could mean merely that she and Charlie were husband and wife throughout 2003, the second that they became husband and wife in 2003.
    2. She got married to a professor = She was married to a professor.
    The first explicitly says what happened on the day. The second could denote the state.
    3. I'll probably get married to an artist = I'll probably be married to an artist.
    As for #2
    As for #2

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    Re: get married to/to be married to

    The key word is become.

    I got married to MrsK in 1981.
    I was not married to her before then.
    I am married to her now.

    b

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