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    difference between verbs

    Is there any difference in meaning (though slight) between marry and get married to? Thanks in advance


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    Re: difference between verbs

    Not really, though "get" and "to" are really superfluous so "marry" on its own would always sound better.

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    Re: difference between verbs

    And to my ear 'get married' is more likely without an object: She wanted to get married is more likely than She wanted to marry. The 'marry' version is acceptable, but I think people who say it will probably go on to say She wanted to marry a handsome prince (or some such object)

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    Re: difference between verbs

    Yes, BobK is right the verb get is used with:

    get married
    get divorced
    get dressed

    at least in informal English. The verb marry alone is not a mistake but sounds formal. Perhaps some of you can add to the list of words which go with get.

    Since get has a passive meaning it might suggest (my own supposition) it was applied only to women to reflect the way people (men) used to think:
    She got married
    Nowadays this difference is no more evident.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 07-Feb-2007 at 19:46.

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    Re: difference between verbs

    get angry
    get separated
    get even
    get hurt
    Do all of these have to do with getting married, getting divorced.....

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    Re: difference between verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    get angry
    get separated
    get even
    get hurt
    Do all of these have to do with getting married, getting divorced.....
    Yes, in the sense they are passive (caused by somebody else- cause and effect). The verb marry is active and get married is passive. See also BobK's example: it started with "she" of course without being aware of it. Anyway this is just an assumption on my part. It can't be applied to all expressions with get. But the question is: why the switch from the active verb "marry/divorce" to a passive form?
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 07-Feb-2007 at 20:43.

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    Re: difference between verbs

    why the switch from the active verb "marry/divorce" to a passive form?

    Isn't it because ,as you said, it is caused by someone else? To get hurt by someone, to get married to someone, to get even with someone, to get divorced from someone....

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    Re: difference between verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    why the switch from the active verb "marry/divorce" to a passive form?
    Isn't it because ,as you said, it is caused by someone else? To get hurt by someone, to get married to someone, to get even with someone, to get divorced from someone....
    Additionally, in case of divorce the reason may be: the verb is deriverd from the noun. As far as the verb marry is concerned it is only an assumption. Maybe there are other reasons not known to us.

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    Re: difference between verbs

    Another idea just occurred to me is: since married and divorced are "marital status" (people no more talk about the action of marrying and divorcing) no action verb is required. Instead a link verb like get to take an adjective is necessary. So there is a shift from action to state.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 08-Feb-2007 at 15:39.


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    Re: difference between verbs

    Hi,
    I've also been wondering...
    His parents will be happy if he marries/ gets married.
    Just marries sounds incomplete to me. I've told my pupils gets married is preferable if there's no object. But I was not so sure.

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