TO MARRY vs. TO GET MARRIED TO
TO MARRY vs. TO GET MARRIED TO: meaning and examples
Good morning. Today we're going to look at the difference between to marry someone and to get married to someone. These two verbs have the same meaning; however, they have different grammatical structures. TO MARRY SOMEONE It means: to become the husband or wife of someone. Notice that there is no preposition between the verb and the object. Example 1: She married her childhood sweetheart. (childhood sweetheart = boyfriend or girlfriend from childhood.) We often use this verb in the passive form (be married) to talk about the details of the marriage ceremony (the wedding). Examples: -They were married by a priest (cura). -She was married as soon as she finished her university degree. -They were married in a small, intimate ceremony. TO GET MARRIED TO SOMEONE It means: to become the husband or wife of someone. Notice that we use the preposition TO between the verb and the object. In Spanish, this preposition is CON, but in English we do not say "with", we say "to." Example 2: She got married to her childhood sweetheart. To get married is an alternative passive form of the verb to marry, and we therefore also use this form to talk about the details of the marriage ceremony (the wedding). Examples: -They got married in a civil ceremony. -We're going to get married on a cruise ship. -He didn't get married until he was in his late forties. If you have any questions about these verbs, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a wonderful day!