I recently saw someone write

Married and two beautiful girls

when he meant that he was married and had two children (girls).

I would have rather have written "Married with two beautiful girls" which for a non-native speaker seems really weird (at least in France and the other languages I know more or less) but I know this is the correct wording in English to indicate that you have two children (girls) and not that you practice polygamy.

This said, does "Married and two beautiful girls" immediately conveys the message "I am married and I have two children (girls)"?

I would like to stress the "immediately" part - that is the reaction of a native speaker to this sentence, without analyzing it in details. The correctness of the phrase is also interesting (I do not think it is really correct), though the perceived meaning is more important to me.

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    The way that's phrased makes it sound like a profile for an online app (Facebook, LinkedIn, whatever) where the writer is trying to be as succinct as possible. It's almost headlinese.
    – John Feltz
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 13:39

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Yes, the phrase Married and two beautiful girls immediately conveys the message "I am married and have two children (girls). Although, you are right and Married with two beautiful girls would have been a better way to structure the phrase.

  • But married and two beautiful girls is ungrammatical and also sounds awkward. To me, as a native speaker, I would not understand the sentence immediately. I would pause and say, "What?" In fact, the most likely interpretation is not that they are married with two girls but that they are married—and there happen to be two girls, somewhere, who may or may not be related to the speaker. Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 14:39
  • @JasonBassford - Yeah, but it's not a complete sentence anyway, so I feel like it's a little unfair to try and read it in isolation. As a response to "What's your family situation?" it would be completely understandable, idiomatically.
    – stangdon
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 14:58
  • @stangdon In considering this, I was thinking of the TV show Married with Children. That was understandable. A TV show named Married and Children would not have been. Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 15:16
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    Ungrammatical or not, the meaning is clear enough to me, so I'd have to agree with this answer. When I saw the question title on the questions page, the meaning I expected was exactly what was explained in OP's question; I came here to see if it was more complicated than that, but nope. (Native AmE speaker here.)
    – cjl750
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 17:48

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