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This is a compositon written by, I think, a Japanese.

The advantage of arranged marriage is that a couple is brought together by someone who is able to judge things like personality, interests, and occupation objectively.

, which supposedly means something like:

The advantage of arranged marriage is that a man and a woman is introduced to each other by a third person who sees objectively whether their personalities and preferences match and whether his occupation is proper to her.

Does the compositon make sense at all?

I don't know, but 'judge personality, interests, and occupation' sounds strange to me...

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It is actually proper english even though I see what you mean...grammatically,it is correct but I would say:

The advantages of an arranged marriage are that a man and a woman are introduced to each other by a third party or person who asesses or matches their personalities objectively....


Hi Taka,
The advantage of arranged marriage is that a couple is brought together by someone who is able to judge things like personality, interests, and occupation objectively.


The original sentence does not clearly communicate to me the idea that the the third party is comparing. 'Judge' is not a good choice as a word here. Perhaps something like

The advantage of arranged marriage is that a couple is brought together by someone who is able to assess objectively the compatibility of things like their personalities, interests, and occupations.

Best wishes, Clive
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Clive someone who is able to assess objectively the compatibility of things like their personalities, interests, and occupations.

'Assess the compatibility'! Truly a great word choice! Wonderful!

But I'm afraid that's a bit difficult for my students to come up with.

If you had to choose a bit 'lighter' words, what would they be?

Hi,

someone who is able to assess objectively the compatibility of things like their personalities, interests, and occupations.

Someone who is able to see if they will get along well together / if they are a good match / if they fit together / if they are right for each other / if they suit each other

if they are compatible - 'compatible' is quite a common word.

[As a matter of interest to me rather than to you, this is my 5000th. response.]

Best wishes, Clive
I hate to be a fly in the ointment here, but the original words in blue are far superior, in my opinion, to any revision yet attempted on this thread. I judge people's personalities all the time; I can't see the objection to that.

But I have a question, too. I thought arranged marriages were usually arranged by the parents of the married couple-to-be. In that case, why so much emphasis on someone or (one) third party? Of all the points so far discussed in this thread, that was the one that most interested me.

CJ

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I would be inclined to say "an arranged marriage". (Also "...couple are...", since while they're being brought together they're still two parties; but I think that may be more characteristic of BrE.)

MrP
Hi guys,

I judge people's personalities all the time, too. I decide what kind of person I think the person is, and I make moral judgements, etc, etc. However, it seems to me that the point to be stressed here is that the judging focuses on assessing compatibility.

A third party who does this would be called a matchmaker, I think.

I know plenty of people who have used such services, and who are in arranged marriages. They usually seem to work out well, they tell me. They look askance at our skyrocketing Western divorce rates.

Best wishes, Clive
The original wording has the fewest words. Maybe that's why I like it. Emotion: smile
CJ
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