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670 Why do people get married?
James and Wendi discuss the idea of marriages and why people have weddings.

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what's the whole point?

What's the whole point of getting married or having a wedding?

When you ask about the 'whole point' of something, you are asking what the purpose is. Why would someone do it? Notice the following:

  1. If you put a lot of effort into something and you don't improve, it's easy to ask yourself what's the whole point.
  2. I just do what he tells me, but sometimes I wonder what's the whole point.

bring up

It's important to have the wife and husband married to bring up the children together.

'Bring up' is another way to say 'raise.' When you take care of children from the time they are young until they can care for themselves, you can say that you are 'bringing them up.' Notice the following:

  1. I'm from Peru, but I was brought up in Canada.
  2. My parents brought me up in a very non-traditional way.

sitting at

Divorce has increased, like in Canada where it's sitting at I think 50%.

Here, 'sitting at' can mean that the rate hasn't noticeably increased or decreased; it just stays around 50%. It can also just be replaced with 'is at.' Notice the following:

  1. You are sitting at about 91% in this class.
  2. Our goal was to raise $10,000, and we are already sitting at $12,000.


I think it's out-dated because I find that many people only do it as a matter of culture.

Something that is 'out-dated' is old-fashioned. It was popular in the past, but times have changed and it doesn't fit with the world as it is now. Notice the following:

  1. The special effects in this movie are so out-dated that they are almost funny.
  2. Most of my clothes are so out-dated. I really need to go shopping.


Can you imagine what the evolution of marriage would become?

The 'evolution' of something is how it changes over time. It can either change naturally or because of external forces. The verb that goes with this noun is 'evolve.' Notice the following:

  1. Your life will force you to evolve.
  2. It's difficult to predict the evolution of fashion.