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    Betrothed

    Hi!

    Can I say that "Mary is a betrothed girl"?

    Is it correct?

    Thanks a lot!

    Novella

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    Re: Betrothed

    Hi Novella

    Ex: Mary is a betrothed girl.

    The word 'girl' is redundant, which means you don't need to say it. Try,

    Ex: She is engaged (to be married).


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    Re: Betrothed

    Hi!

    So I could say: "Mary is to be married"?

    Thank you!


    Novella

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    Re: Betrothed

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Novella,

    In my humble opinion betroth = become/get engaged.

    Please, see the following examples for usage of a betrothed girl, woman etc in the common English language I have found in the competent Your Dictionary.

    For the Essenes, according to a scroll fragment, a betrothed girl who committed adultery had committed a capital crime.


    And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit.

    The bride did not keep her betrothed lover waiting before she put in appearance.

    Betrothed couples would give small items to others in the village to share same good luck, that was expected to last a year.

    betrothed - Usage example for betrothed at YourDictionary.com

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: Betrothed

    You could also say she has plighted her troth.
    Maybe that is where the saying 'What a plight we're in!' comes from!
    Sounds nasty though!

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