06/06/16 MARRY & DIVORCE

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Get married/ divorced
When there is no object, get married and get divorced are more common than marry and divorce in an informal style.
Lulu and Joe got married last week. (Lulu and Joe married last week is more formal.)
When are you going to get married?
The Robinsons are getting divorced.

In a more formal style, marry and divorce are preferred.
Although she had many lovers, she never married.
After three very unhappy years, they divorced.

No preposition before object
Before a direct object, marry and divorce are used without prepositions.
She married a builder. (NOT She married with a builder.)
Will you marry me?
He’s going to divorce her.

Get/Be married TO
We can also use get/be married to with an object.
She got married to her childhood sweetheart.
I’ve been married to you for sixteen years and I still love you like the first day.