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WUKEN

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Hello, teachers:
I came across a term "matrimony".
I am wondering what is the difference between it and "marriage".
Is it strange if you replace the term "marriage" with it?

May I have your clarification?
Thanks a lot!
 
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emsr2d2

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Hello, teachers:
I came across a term "matrimony".
I am wondering what is the difference between it and "marriage".
Is it strange if you replace the term "marriage" with it?

May I have your clarification?
Thanks a lot!

Matrimony is specifically "the state of being married". In a church wedding, the officiator says something like "We are gathered here today to witness the joining of these two people in holy matrimony".

A marriage refers to the actual relationship (sometimes): Their marriage is over. The marriage is going well so far but they've only been together 6 months!

Having said all of that, you can still say "I went to the church and witnessed their marriage", but you don't say "I witnessed the matrimony".
 
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