Decisions, decisions! It seems there are advantages and disadvantages of both methods of finding a spouse. I suppose you just have to put your trust in providence and do your best to be a responsible husband with realistic expectations of married life... I hope you will let us know when you eventually find the future ''Mrs Pravin''!!
Here in London there is a very big wedding coming up soon - the marriage of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton will take place on April 29. It is most definitely a love marriage - and you can learn more about their courtship (and improve your English) by visiting our special BBC Learning English series A Royal Romance.
On to the English lesson: as usual, you've written a very lucid accound of your views of marriage. I'm particularly impressed by some of the vocabulary and phrases you've used - maintain the tempo; it's you who is responsible for the consequences; you can't blame anyone except yourself; I am neither against love marriage nor against arrange marriage.
In your blog, you've used 2 different noun phrases - 'arrange marriage' and 'arranged marriage' to talk about the same thing. The second one - arranged marriage - with d on the end of arranged is the correct one to use here. The word arranged is actually a past participle, which works as an adjective to describe the word marriage. Another way to understand the grammar of the phrase 'arranged marriage' is to look at the word arranged as a 'passive adjective'. Somebody arranged the marriage, so we use a 'passive participle' to indicate this: arranged marriage.
There are a lot of adjective-noun combinations that work like this, including: fried eggs (somebody fried the eggs); broken glass (somebody broke the glass); timed exam (somebody timed the exam); fixed price (somebody fixed the price) etc.
If you would like more information on this language point, have a look at this Learn it page.
Today's homework comes in 2 parts:
Have a look at these 2 lists of words:
List 1: frightened, broken, fallen, developed, abandoned, stolen, missed, elected
List 2: country, tree, child, leader, building, heart, opportunity, money
Now match each word from list 1 with a word from list 2 to make 8 adjective-noun phrases.
When you have made your adjective-noun phrases, write a short paragraph (you can choose your own topic), using as many of the phrases as you can.
I'm looking forward to reading your paragraphs, Pravin and everyone!
The last thing I want to do today, Pravin, is to send huge congratulations to your wonderful Indian cricket team for getting all the way to the finals of the Cricket World Cup. I hope you get the result you want in the final!!!
Very best wishes
spouse - husband or wife
providence - fate, destiny
courtship - the time when a man and woman have a romantic relationship with each other, before they get married
lucid - clear, easy to understand