Learn English – Use of preposition “with” after the word “marry”


Is it right to use the preposition "with" instead of "to" after the word "marry or married" under any given circumstances if we change the position of gender being mentioned?

For example:

"She is married to John"

Can we also say:

"John married with her" OR "John is married with her"

I highlighted this mistake in the notes of an educationist which he gave to his students. I raised this point with him that "to" is the only preposition which is used after the word "married". However, he argued that use of preposition depended on the position of gender being mentioned, thus the change in the position of gender also changes the preposition and it is right to use the preposition "with" after the verb "marry".

Can anyone explain?

Best Answer

When talking about people it's either "She is married to him" or "She married him". When talking about objects the preposition "with" is used: "This wine marries well with beef"

Note: the above is an oversimplification - marry "with" was certainly used in past literature. The following chart shows the relationship, married with is multiplied by 10 otherwise it just shows up as a line at the bottom. This also makes no attempt at separating things like "wine married to beef", which might explain, or not, the apparent increase of usage in the last 50 years

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