Get Married/Be Married

Get Married/Be Married

Active: The preacher married Jack and Jill.

Passive: Jack and Jill were married (by the preacher).

Jack married Jill. (S V O) (Okay)

Be Married To

Jack was married to Jill.

Jill was married to Jack.

Jack is married.

Jack is married to Jill.

Jack was married.

Two meanings:

(by the preacher)

(but not anymore)


(current status)


(but he isn't anymore)

Jack has been married for five months.

Jack and Jill have been married for five months.

How long have Jack and Jill been married?


X Jack married to Jill.

X Jack married with Jill.

X Jack was married with Jill.

Get Married

Jack and Jill will get married next week.

Jack and Jill will be married next week (by the preacher).

Jack got married on April 1.

Jack got married (to Jill) on April 1. (not common)

Jack and Jill got married on April 1. (better)


X Jack and Jill have gotten married since October.

X How long have Jack and Jill gotten married?

Get Engaged/Be Engaged

Get engaged

Be engaged

Be engaged to

Jill got engaged (to Jack) last week. (not common)

Jack and Jill got engaged last week.

Jack and Jill are engaged now.

Jack and Jill have been engaged for one week.


X Jack engaged Jill.

X Jack got engaged with Jill.

X They have gotten engaged for one week.

X How long have they gotten engaged?

Get Divorced/Be Divorced

A divorced B

Get divorced

Be divorced

Be divorced from

Jack divorced Jill. (or vice versa)

Jack and Jill got divorced last month.

Jack and Jill are divorced now.

Jack is divorced

Jill is divorced.

When did they get divorced?

How long have they been divorced?

They have been divorced for a month.

Jack is divorced from Jill. (not common)


X Lily got divorced with Bill gate.

X Lucy has gotten divorced for one month.

X How long have Lucy and Chen gotten divorced?