English Lesson: Married Vs Get Married, etc…

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June is a popular month for weddings. Do you know why? I have heard that in olden days, people took a bath just once a year, and usually during the month of May. So, in June, people were “fresh” and so lots of people got married at that time. My cousin is getting married this weekend. She is marrying her high school sweetheart. No, she’s not a teenager. She is in her late 30’s. She was married to some other guy for a few years, but they got a divorce. After she divorced him, she got reconnected with Joe, from high school.   

Today we will look at how to use the words of marriage and divorce. Do you know how to use them? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

We usually use get + married and get + divorced when we speak informally:

  • A lot of people get married in June.
  • They got divorced last year.

When we speak more formally, we use married and divorced without get:

  • A lot of people marry in June.
  • They divorced last year.

We also don’t use a preposition when we don’t use get:

  • Jane married a doctor, so everyone in her family is happy.
  • Angelina decided to divorce Brad when she found out he was cheating on her.

You can also use the “be” verb with married and divorced:

  • John is married and has two kids.
  • Ellen is divorced and looking for a boyfriends.

Lastly, we can use ‘to” after get married and be married, like this:

  • My sister is married to a really nice guy.
  • She got married to her high school sweetheart.

 Getting married is a special time, and I am so happy we can take a bath and get married any time of the year. What do you think?



Comments 4

  1. If I am married right now, I can also say I got married two years ago. But if I got divorced last month, I should say I was married. I feel “get married” is focusing on their action and “be married” is their status.

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      Hi Chie,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you’re correct. Get married refers to the action – the wedding, etc whereas be married is the state or condition. Thanks! 🙂

  2. .Jhon is married and has two kids
    Ellen is divorced and looking for a boyfriend,
    .my question is MARRIED and DIVORCED in those sentences conduct as passive voice or adjectives?

    .and my second question, can I “to” with “with” after get married?

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      Hi Ajjumi,

      I think married and divorced in those sentences are functioning as adjectives. She’s a married woman, for example.

      You can say she’s married to a doctor. She’s married with a doctor is also possible, but not as common. 🙂

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