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Mixer 91 | Intermediate B1

Best Time to Marry

Various people debate marrying early or late in life.

Amir / Iran
speakerIf marrying early means the age of thirty, I don't think so because my parents got married after thirties and they're having a happy life and for male, especially maybe there are not necessarily obliged to marry early because their circumstances are different from the women because they have to give birth, maybe it's better for them to get early ... before they're 30 ... if they want to give birth, I mean. Yeah. Thank you.

Lori / Canada
speakerI don't think early or late really comes into the question. I think you should get married when you have found the right person and you're really sure that this is someone you want to spend the rest of your life with.

Eoin / England
speakerI think it's probably better to marry later in life, though possibly that's influenced by the fact that both of my parents married at a later stage in life. The reason I think that is because it allows you to really discover who you are and to do a lot of the things that you would want to do while you're young.

Aki / Japan
speakerI'm 27 right now I don't consider if I marry now, I don't consider marrying early so, I guess marrying late is better. You get more experience and ideas. What marriage is. You get to maybe find the perfect guy for yourself so I'd rather marry late.

Chris / England
speakerI think you should marry when you're older, but I don't think that means that marrying when you're younger is necessarily a bad thing. I just think, when you're older you understand more about yourself. The person you marry ... you know ... you should be able to imagine that this is the person you're going to live with for the rest of your life, and when you're young, maybe you don't know what that the rest of your life is going to be, so when you're a little bit older you can perhaps see that and you know, find someone who's the best match for you.

Maiko / Japan
speakerI used to believe that marrying young is better than marrying later in life, but now that I married later, I think it was a good decision to do whatever you want to do when you are young and you have experienced things you couldn't have done if you were married so I'm really happy to be married a little later in my life.

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They are not obliged to marry early.

When we are 'obliged' to do something, that means we must do it, it is an obligation. In this case, for cultural reasons.  Notice the following:

  1. He was obliged to pay for the dinner.
  2. Poor language skills obliged him to drop the class.

comes into the question



I don't think that comes into the question.

Something that 'comes into question' must be considered.  Here the opposite is true.  Something that doesn't come into question is not necessary to consider.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't think age comes into the question.
  2. Money almost always comes into the question.

a later stage in life


They married at a later stage in life.

Life has many stages: infancy, childhood, teenage years, etc.  A later stage in life would start around 30 years old.  Notice the following:

  1. He attended university at a later stage in life.
  2. I think It's better to marry at a later stage in life.

not consider


I don't consider marrying early.

When we 'don't consider' something, that means we don't think about it.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't consider changing my job?
  2. Some students don't consider the risks of drinking.

not necessarily


It's not necessarily a bad thing.

The phrase 'not necessarily' is similar in meaning to 'may not be'.  Notice the following:

  1. That's not necessarily the reason he quit.
  2. That may not be the reason he quit.

Vocabulary Quiz

obliged • comes into • later stage
not consider • not necessarily
  1. When the boss is in the store everything we do question.
  2. It would be nice to money when I want to buy something.
  3. Young men are to be part of the military for at least 2 years.
  4. This is the best movie I've ever seen, but it's a good one.
  5. It is easier to really focus on school when you go back at a in life.
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