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Engagement is the time period spent before getting married.  In this lesson, we will learn about English when asking someone to marry and the terminologies when becoming engaged.

When a friend has been together with a boyfriend or girlfriend a long time, they usually ask when they are going to get married, or when they are going to get engaged.

"When are you going to get married?"
"When are you going to tie the knot?"
"When are you going to settle down?"
"When are you going to propose to her?"
"When are you going to ask her to marry you?"
"When do you think he is going to propose?"

After the big question is asked, then the two people are engaged.

"We got engaged last week."
"I got engaged about a month ago."
"We're going to have a short engagement."
"Our engagement is for about 6 months."
"We had an engagement party at a restaurant with both families."
"We really didn't have a formal engagement dinner."

You can get creative in the ways to ask your significant other to marry you, but the most general way is to simply say,

"Will you marry me?"

These four words cannot be replaced really.  Mostly, it is how you ask it and in what situation.

When two people are engaged, then they are not boyfriend and girlfriend, instead, they refer to each other as fiancé.

"This is my fiancée."
"She is my fiancée."
"He is my fiancé."
"Where is your fiancé?"
"I want to meet your fiancé."

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