Getting Married

This is a common verb – it seems like many people are getting married recently – but the preposition that it takes changes its meaning.

  1.  Robin and Sam got married to each other = Robin and Sam are partners. Two people are now married.
  2. Robin and Sam got married with each other = Robin married someone, and Sam married someone else. Four people are now married. This expression is only useful in situations when many people are married in the same ceremony, perhaps in a special religious celebration.
  3. Robin and Sam got married for money = Robin and Sam may not love each other, but they love money, and they are married. Two people are married.

We can use the expression ‘married to’ to show that something is very important to someone:

  1. Jane is married to her job. She works every day of the week!  = Jane loves her job, and even works on the weekend.
  2. Jack is married to the Canucks. He missed his sister’s funeral because they were playing a game! = Jack loves the Canucks hockey team more than other teams, and sacrifices other activities.

(This is slightly negative; it implies that Jane or Jack should love other things more, or that they love something too much.)

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