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    marry / get married

    Here are three examples with "marry" from the Cambridge Online Dictionary:


    1) Men tend to marry later than women.
    2) They don't have any plans to marry at present.
    3) He never married.

    Will there be any change of meaning if "marry" is substituted with "get married" in the above sentences (in the proper form)?

    Which of the two (marry / get married) would be more natural? more formal? (I am not sure, but I think I read somewhere that "marry" sounds more formal than "get married"
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    P.S. I am only interested in the examples without an object, not "to marry somebody".



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    Re: marry / get married

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Here are three examples with "marry" from the Cambridge Online Dictionary:


    1) Men tend to marry later than women.
    2) They don't have any plans to marry at present.
    3) He never married.

    Will there be any change of meaning if "marry" is substituted with "get married" in the above sentences (in the proper form)?

    Which of the two (marry / get married) would be more natural? more formal? (I am not sure, but I think I read somewhere that "marry" sounds more formal than "get married"
    )

    P.S. I am only interested in the examples without an object, not "to marry somebody".



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    Re: marry / get married

    Thank you.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: marry / get married

    The only one of those three where I would be more likely to use "married" than "got married" is number 3. The phrase "He never married" has a certain connotation in BrE, especially when said in a slightly hushed tone, regarding a mature gentleman. The suggestion is that he is homosexual but please note that it does not always mean that. There is no reason why we wouldn't say "He never married" about a man purely for information purposes but it is worth bearing in mind that it can have a somewhat different suggestion.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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