# How Long Was She Married?

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How long ... to Terry ? She ... to him for three years.

has she married ... has married \

was she married ... was married \ did she marry ... married \ she married ... married

Also according to the page, which I mentioned in the previous post, the correct choice is:

was she married ... was married why not the first choice ?

Let's consider this scenario more closely.

On 1/Jan/2000 Mary married Terry. (This refers to the action of getting married.)

On 1/Jan/2002 we can say Mary has been married for 2 years. (This refers to the state of being married.)

On 1/Jan/2003 Mary divorced Terry.

On 1/Jan/2005 we can say Mary was married to Terry for 3 years. But we can't say Mary has been married to Terry for 5 years because this sounds like she is still married to him.

We can't use the first choice, ie How long has she married to Terry ? She has married to him for three years.

because this is mixing up the the action of getting married with the state of being married.

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So, the correct choice in your exercise is

How long was she married to Terry? She was married to him for three years.

Note that this question sounds like they are no longer married.

If the question is "How long have they been married?', it sounds like they are still married.

Clive

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My question :

Is http://englishonline.free.fr/GrammarAndHelp/MixedTenses/MixedTensesQCM03.htm it possible to use the past simple after ( how long ) when a duration is mentioned in the sentence such as: for three years , for five weeks, etc... ?

Again my question

Is it possible to use the past simple after ( how long ) when a duration is mentioned in the sentence : For three years , For several days . For 20 minutes ? This is my question behind the topic I posted

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I know what you explained, but how do you decided that she divorced of him ? The context does not tell

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I have been married to her for three years" implies that you married her three years ago and are still married to her.

"I was married to her for three years" implies that you were married to her for a three-year timespan in the past but are no longer married to her.

"I married her for three years" is not idiomatic English. Transitive marry, with your partner as Direct Object, ordinarily designates the act of entering the married state, not the state of 'being married'; that's an "achievement" which cannot take a timespan temporal. It might mean "I married her with the intention that the marriage should last three years", but that meaning is very unlikely; such term-limited contracts are not to the best of my knowledge recognized in the law of any English-speaking country.

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How do you know that she was divorced of him ? The context does not tell

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