Have you read a good anecdote today? Start your FREE email English course now!

Find penpals and make new friends today!
not functional; not practical
full quiz correct answer

ESL Story: Do people still get married?

Front gardening I hate
Driving lessons
Learning to teach
Holiday in waiting
What''s your sense of direction like?
The scariest thing...?
Do people still get married?
The soccer world cup and ''Wibledon''
Difficult pairs: credible vs. credulous
Difficult pairs: loose vs. lose
Difficult pairs: listen vs. hear
Difficult pairs: people vs. person
Difficult pairs: speak vs. talk
Difficult Pairs: see vs. look
The behaviour of cats and dogs
Seriously though
Just me and English
From one extreme to the other
Are you a gestculatory sort of person?
Are you a TV or radio person?
Are you a nitpicker?
Putting your foot in it
The language of surprise
Have a nice cliché
The language of suspicion
The language of understanding
The language of ups and downs
The language of praise
The language of sleep
The language of sarcasm
The language of silence
The language of pessimism
The language of optimism
The language of relaxation
The language of work
The language of yes
The language of numbers
The language of army
Gerund or infinitive?
A born fiddler
How good is your Polish?
A matter of degree
The Knoblauch-Garlic Story
How to get to Heraklion?
Negotiating a Commission
What does it take to be a firefigher?
How to start a beauty salon?
How to make lambs suckle?
Hooked up
Don''t mess with the Russians
China Kid
China Kid (2)
A story behind a family tree
A story behind a family tree (2)
A story behind a family tree (3)
English Language Exercises 2206 English Exercises
This English grammar test package will help you learn new phrases, idioms, expressions and grammar structures every single day. And you won't even have to cram any grammar rules or vocabulary words into your head. Instead, you will be absorbing bits and pieces of the English language almost without realizing it.
English as a second language
Pimsleur English for Speakers of Haitian Creole Pimsleur English for Speakers of Haitian Creole
Learn English through this unique audio course! No grammar exercises, no boring English classes. How did you learn your native language? You can learn English the same way! Try this EFL/ESL audio comprehensive program and you will make progress fast.
There are two melodies currently running through my mind and craving my attention. The first is the song: I''m getting married in the morning sung by Alfred Dolittle in the musical My Fair Lady based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A certain Professor Higgins, a Professor of Linguistics has taken into his mind the idea of turning Eliza Dolittle, an uneducated London Flower Girl into a well spoken young lady.

Entertaining English Usage EssaysPrintable, photocopiable and clearly structured format
Designed for teachers and individual learners
For use in a classroom, at home, on your PC or anywhere

In the course of his tuition he discovers that her father, Alfred has not ever got married to Eliza''s mother. Hence the rumbustious song quoted above. The other is a line from Cole Porter''s musical of 1934 "Anything Goes":

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes.

Are you still with me? Fine. I''ll come to the point. A couple of weeks ago I was on a cruise and one of the places we visited was St Petersburg. On one of the three days there we saw several young couples about to get married. On every street corner, well allow for a bit of exaggeration, smartly dressed young men and beautiful young women in white were hurrying through the streets. White dresses billowed in the wind and rain and white veils flapped everywhere. And I thought well maybe marriage is making a return! And that''s the reason for my two musical quotations showing how things change in society and sometimes turn full circle. Of course it could only be in Russia!

Nowadays couples do live together without getting married. In the past this was referred to as living in sin. And if this couple had children they would be referred to as children born out of wedlock. But now Heaven knows, anything goes! Ironically we now have same sex marriages.

Today on forms you have to give the name not of your husband/wife/spouse but your partner. Some men/women tentatively introduce their partner and then if that person is of the same sex, they quickly add business partner. As I say, couples do not get married but go through the elaborate performance of adding their names together. So you have John and Mary Orsmsby-Gore-Hamilton as if they are trying to create an air of respectability. Today we say that John and Mary are happily partnered instead of happily married.

What is the trend in your country? Do people still get married? I make no judgement - I merely describe things as they are. I won''t go on any more for fear of sounding like a G.O.M. What do you think those letters stand for? I''ll leave that question hanging in the air.

If you want to share your thoughts on this story, click on the forum link below: Do people still get married?

If you have any English grammar or vocabulary questions,
please post them on this English Grammar Forum.

Next:ESL Story: The soccer world cup and ''Wibledon''

Author: Alan Townend

ESL/EFL Worksheets for Students and Teachers
Your English Test Package will help you learn new phrases, idioms, expressions and English grammar structures every single day. And you won't even have to cram any grammar rules or vocabulary words into your head! Instead, you will be absorbing bits and pieces of the English language almost without realizing it. This worksheet package is the only printable English test collection currently available on the Internet. It contains 2206 ESL/EFL Tests covering a wide variety of topics and grammatical points.

  copyright © 2003—2022 english-test.net  
Get FREE English course via e-mail