Dialogue:______read aloud in pairs

A: What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting married? Don't you think it's better to stay single?


B: Well, if you ask me, it all depends on your circumstances.


A: What do you mean?

B: I mean that people's situations can be very different. Let's take the very

extreme situation of a young woman who marries an old man as an example.


A: Tell me more!


B: The old man might be very rich, though on the other hand he could be very

talented. As for the young woman, she may have a lot in common with the old man;

alternatively, she may be interested in his money.


A: What are you trying to say?


B: To come to the point, there are so many different motives for marriage that

it's impossible to generalize about why people prefer married to single status.


A: Rubbish! It must be possible to compare living together with someone to

living on your own. What about the question of independence?


B: But you don't seem to realise that many married people live totally independent lives.


A: That may be so, but for most people the whole point of marriage is to live

together and possibly to raise a family. That's what this discussion's about.


B: In that case, it's obvious that children are a commitment for life. I guess that many single people

have different priorities or else they believe that they would make unsuitable parents.


A: Surely, there's more to marriage than having children.


B: If you're talking about the religious or security aspects of getting married, the

divorce rate is so high in Britain that these don't seem to be relevant any more. Why

not just stay single. You can still live together with other people for as long as you

find them compatible.