Marriage

ESL discussion questions about tying the knot.


  1. Is there a secret to a happy marriage? What is it?
  2. What would you say makes a good husband?
  3. What would you say makes a good wife?
  4. How long should a couple date before getting married?
  5. What is the best age at which to get married?
  6. How much of an age difference is possible between a married couple?
  7. Many couples choose never to get married. Do you think this is a good idea?
  8. Why has the divorce rate increased in many countries in recent years?
  9. Is it better to have children before or after getting married?
  10. Is the main purpose of marriage to have children?
  11. Should unhappy couples stay together for the sake of the children?
  12. Do men or women benefit more from marriage?
  13. Should marriage be for life?
  14. Does getting married mean less freedom?
  15. Is it possible for a married couple to live separately?
  16. What do you think of prenuptial agreements? Would you enter into one?
  17. Do you think couples spend too much money on their wedding ceremonies?
  18. Why do celebrity marriages nearly always fail?
  19. Can a marriage arranged by the family ever work?
  20. Same-sex marriages are now legal in many countries. What do you think about this?
  21. What do you think of polygamous marriages? Would you like to enter one?
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