Monday, November 5

Relationship Expressions






Are you familiar with the word “status?”



Basically it means somebody’s present condition. This is why in Facebook we have what we call “status update.”



But outside Facebook, we have at least 3 other kinds of status: socioeconomic status, health status, and marital status.



As you might have guessed from the words themselves, these are their meanings:



  1. Socioeconomic status = this is a combination of somebody's position socially and financially  

  2. Health status = a person's physical condition 

  3. Marital status = a person’s being married or not





Today we’re going to concentrate on # 3. Marital status is the condition of a person in the eyes of the law, as it appears in official documents. We use this information in a job application, a loan application etc.



This means that when we fill out an official form, we have to provide our correct status.



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Categories



In the simplest documents, there are only 2 options considered: SINGLE or MARRIED. But for those people who are in-between,  choosing one answer may not be so easy.



Other forms add more options and Vocabulary:



  • SEPARATED 

  • WIDOWED

  • DIVORCED



And, if you check a social network like Facebook, some other categories are possible:







Relationship Status:


SINGLE

IN A RELATIONSHIP

ENGAGED

MARRIED

IT’S COMPLICATED (= this one’s very popular)

IN AN OPEN RELATIONSHIP

WIDOWED

SEPARATED

DIVORCED

IN A CIVIL UNION

IN A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP





In Speaking



If you want to talk about a relationship status (perhaps of other people as well), here’s a handy list of expressions you can use:




*Note: This list isn’t perfect, but it sure is very practical for English learners.




A dates B. / They date.
V
V
A goes steady with B. / They go steady.
V
V
A gets engaged to B. / They get engaged.
V
V
A is engaged to B. / They are engaged.
V
V
A gets married to B. / They get married.


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V
V
A is married to B. / They are married.
V
V
A splits up with B. / They split up.
V
V
A is separated from B. / They are separated.
V
V
A gets a divorce from B. or A divorces B. / They get a divorce.
V
V
A is divorced from B. / They are divorced.
V
V
A gets back together with B. / They get back together.


-- or -- 


A remarries C.



As you can see from the flowchart above, the expression sometimes changes depending on whether you are using a Verb or an Adjective as your main word.



If you want to use a Verb, of course you sometimes need to put “s” at the end. On the other hand, if you want to use an Adjective, you need to make sure you are using the “be Verb.” ex. is married, are married etc. 






Married or Unmarried?



Break up” can’t be used between married couples.



On the other hand, the expression “split up” can be used not only between husband and wife but also between unmarried partners. So, it can have the same meaning as “break up.”



Similarly, “get back together” can be used not only between married couples, but also between unmarried people.





Fiance or Fiancee?



Lastly, there are two words used when talking about people who are engaged to get married soon. These are “fiancé” and “fiancée.”



These two words originally come from the French Verb “fiance” which means “promise.” As a Verb, this word was once used from around 1450 to 1600 but it's now obsolete.



But its English counterparts are very much alive: 



Fiance = (fee-ahn-say) a man who is engaged to be married


Fiancee = (fee-ahn-say) a woman who is engaged to be married



The period of engagement happens between the wedding proposal and the actual wedding ceremony.



The two words have the same pronunciation, but the different spelling (the letter “e” at the end) is used to distinguish between the 2 genders: male or female.



So,


He is my fiancé.

She is my fiancée.





Hope you learned something!

Keep on learning !













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