ENGLISHMiscellaneous English

‘MARRY TO’ or ‘MARRY WITH’

Which preposition should be use with MARRY, TO or WITH?

1. When MARRY means ‘to become the husband or wife of somebody’, and its use is in the active voice it’s used without a preposition (you cannot use WITH or TO or any other preposition after it in this use); e.g.

INCORRECT: He married to an Indian.
CORRECT: He married an Indian.

INCORRECT: Sonika is going to marry with Rohan.
CORRECT: Sonika is going to marry Rohan.

INCORRECT: He presented a ring to the woman and asked her to marry to him.
CORRECT: He presented a ring to the woman and asked her to marry him.

NOTE: In other words you can say MARRY is a transitive verb, means it has an object. So, you should not say ‘I married with/to someone’.

2. We use TO after MARRIED (not after MARRY), that too when MARRIED is an adjective or in the passive use; e.g.

a) Ritu is married to Kapil.
b) I got married to Ram.

NOTE-I: Don’t use the preposition WITH after GET MARRIED or BE MARRIED. Use TO; e.g.

INCORRECT: A girl shouldn’t be forced to get married with a man she doesn’t like.
CORRECT: A girl shouldn’t be forced to get married to a man she doesn’t like.

NOTE-II: TO after MARRY is also used when somebody performs a marriage ceremony of somebody with other; e.g.

The priest married Jatan to Reena in the church.

NOTE-III: TO after MARRY is also used when a parent or guardian finds a husband or wife for his/her ward, e.g.

Her parents married her to a tennis player.

COMPARE
a) I married Rajan. (active use)
b) I am married TO Rajan. (passive or adjectival use)

3. WITH after MARRY can be used in the sense like this only:

I will marry with the consent of my family.

4. MARRY OFF

When we mean to find a husband or wife for someone we use OFF with MARRY; e.g.

i) They tried to marry their daughter off to a doctor.
ii) She was married off to the local doctor by the age of 16.
iii) The father seems relieved as he has married off both of his daughters

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