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    Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other frequen

    Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other frequently? What is the average time that a couple spends (what shall I use "spend" or "spends) together before getting divorced?

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    Re: Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other fre

    Do marriages usually last a long time in your country, or do a lot of couples get divorced? ("Do couples divorce each other frequently" sounds like one couple may get more than one divorce.)

    What's the average duration of a marriage that ends in divorce? (Your sentence sounds like all couples eventually divorce.)
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    Re: Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other fre

    Your question "What is the average time that a couple spends together before they get divorced?" could be appropriate to ask a Hollywood celebrity.

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    Re: Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other fre

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Do marriages usually last a long time in your country, or do a lot of couples get divorced?
    I should have mentioned that the two possibilities are not mutually exclusive. It's possible that the average marriage ends in divorce after forty years.
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    Re: Do marriage relations last long in your country or couples divorce each other fre

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What is the average time that a couple spends (what shall I use "spend" or "spends")...
    In general:

    "spend" in the UK
    "spends" in the US

    In British English, collective nouns are usually treated as plural, whereas they are usually singular in American English.
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