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    #1

    the novelty of their marriage

    Hello.

    I'm trying to express the idea that the quality of being exciting and new in a marriage would go away after a while. Does this work?

    She was thinking that if she marries him, after a while, the novelty of their marriage would pall and they would grow distant.

    What other words can I use instead of "novelty" and "pall"?

    Is there a better way to express the idea?

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    #2

    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    thrill/fade?

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    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    thrill/fade?
    Thanks. So, do my words work in the first place?

    And does this work?

    If I marry you, the thrill of our relationship will fade after six months.

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    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello.

    I'm trying to express the idea that the quality of being exciting and new in a marriage would go away after a while. Does this work?

    She was worried that if she married him, after a while, the novelty of their marriage would pall and they would grow distant.

    What other words can I use instead of "novelty" and "pall"?

    Is there a better way to express the idea?
    You could try pale.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    The novelty would wear off and they would start to drift apart.
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    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    So, I'm going to combine all your good suggestions.

    What do you think about this?

    "I have given this a lot of thought George." He looked at her with apprehension. "I marry you. Then the thrill of our relationship would fade after six months. The novelty would pale and I wouldn't feel a spark of excitement when I hear your voice. After a few years, we drift apart and the next thing you know, we lawyer up to get divorce. So, my answer is no. Let's not get married." George was speechless.

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    #7

    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    And does this work?

    If I marry you, the thrill of our relationship will fade after six months.
    It works for me. In your original, novelty works fine, but I am less sure about pall.

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    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It works for me. In your original, novelty works fine, but I am less sure about pall.

    And what about this?

    "I have given this a lot of thought George." He looked at her with apprehension. "I marry you. Then the thrill of our relationship would fade after six months. The novelty would pale and I wouldn't feel a spark of excitement when I hear your voice. After a few years, we drift apart and the next thing you know, we lawyer up to get a divorce. So, my answer is no. Let's not get married." George was speechless.

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    #9

    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So, I'm going to combine all your good suggestions.

    What do you think about this?

    "I have given this a lot of thought George." He looked at her with apprehension. "I marry you. Then the thrill of our relationship would fade after six months. The novelty would pale and I wouldn't feel a spark of excitement when I hear your voice. After a few years, we drift apart and the next thing you know, we lawyer up to get divorce. So, my answer is no. Let's not get married." George was speechless.
    It's never get divorce. It can be:

    - divorce (verb)
    - get a divorce (verb, article, noun)
    - get divorced (verb, whatever)
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    #10

    Re: the novelty of their marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It's never get divorce. It can be:

    - divorce (verb)
    - get a divorce (verb, article, noun)
    - get divorced (verb, whatever)

    Yes. It was a slip. I fixed it in post #8.

    What about the rest of it?

    How would you write it Charlie?

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