Having a husband or a wife

Are you married or single?


They’ve been married for eight years.


Married men earn 70 percent more than single men.


married to


Nicole is married to my brother.


We’re getting married (=marrying) next month.


married couple/man/woman

a happily married man


When she first came to London, she was newly married and out of work.


So, how do you like married life?



GRAMMAR: Prepositions with married


• You are married to someone:

He is married to an American.

Last year I got married to Tom.

Don’t say: He is married with an American. Last year I got married with Tom.

• You use married with when talking about how many children someone has:

Richard is now happily married with two young children.






be married

She’s married now, and living in London


get married (=to have a wedding)

Did you know that they are going to get married?


stay married

I cannot stay married to a man I do not love.


be married with children (=to be married and have children)

Kevin is married with four children.




happily married (=in a happy relationship with your husband or wife)

I have been happily married for nine years.


unhappily married (=not in a happy relationship with your husband or wife)

They were behaving like an unhappily married old couple.


newly/recently married (=married not long ago)

The newly married couple arrived at their hotel.




a married man/woman

By 1957 a third of married women were working.


a married couple

Most of their friends are married couples.


married life

Throughout her married life, her husband’s interests had come first.


somebody’s married name (=a woman’s last name, when she has changed it to her husband’s name)

She gave them Pat’s married name and address


married quarters (=where soldiers live with their wives)

Can a soldier’s wife continue to live in married quarters if her husband leaves her?





married having a husband or wife

How long have you been married?a married couple


single not married

Chris is 45 and still single.single mothers


engaged having formally agreed to marry someone in the future

Jane and Pete have just got engaged.engaged couples


live together to share a home and have a sexual relationship, but not be married

More and more couples are choosing to live together rather than get married.


separated no longer living with your husband or wife because of problems in your marriage

I think Joan and Brian are separated now.


divorced no longer married because you have legally ended your marriage

My parents got divorced when I was 10.divorced men


widowed no longer married because your husband or wife has died

He’s a widowed father of two.




husband/wife the man/woman you are married to

My wife’s a teacher.


partner the person you live with and have a sexual relationship with. Partner is often used when people are not married, or when you do not know if they are married. It is also used when talking about same-sex couples

He lives with his partner Ruth and their eight-month-old son.


fiancé/fiancée the man/woman you are engaged to

He and fiancée Wendy Hodgson will marry in July.


divorcee a woman who is divorced

The prince announced his intention to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.


widow/widower a woman or man whose husband or wife has died

Imelda Marcos, the widow of the former president


spouse formal your spouse is your husband or wife

The rule applies to spouses and children of military personnel.


estranged wife/husband formal someone’s estranged husband or wife is one who they do not live with anymore

She is trying to get her sons back from her estranged husband.




bachelor a man who has never been married

He’s a confirmed bachelor (=a man who has decided he will never marry).


spinster old-fashioned a woman who has never been married and is no longer young

The house was owned by an elderly spinster.


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