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I like the sound of the phrase and I wanted to make a shirt design with it. But as soon as I started googling for some existing ideas, I found that google and duckduckgo just refuse to search for "Til death do us apart" without quotations and change it to "Til death do us part". So I wonder if its grammatically correct to say "Apart" in this context.

Proves that it is correct are: movie "Til death do us apart" (2018) and various songs titled with "Apart".

Proves that "Part" is correct: the actual oath, wiki and various songs titled with "Part".

The problem with "Part" is it does not sounds as "cool" as "Apart" for me (personal preference), but at the same time I wouldn't do a shirt with incorrect spelling either.

UPD: The rewording of the phrase to "Until Death parts us" explains a lot. Thanks!

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    Part is used as a verb in "Till death do us part"; apart is, variously, an adverb, adjective or preposition. However cool it may sound, apart is not a verb.. – Robusto Jun 19 '19 at 12:14
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    Why do you think 'apart' is an appropriate alternative beyond "I just like it"? The phrasing has never used 'apart', that's why you can't find it. There is some controversy over whether it should be "Till death do us part" or "Till death us do part", but there's no controversy about the last word, it is always 'part'. – Mitch Jun 19 '19 at 12:17
  • @deimos: I believe you're thinking of "a part" in that case, not apart, which no dictionary I can find lists as a noun. In my first hasty comment I inadvertently and erroneously labeled it a noun, which is why I deleted that comment and wrote the existing one. – Robusto Jun 19 '19 at 12:28
  • til is also wrong - till death do us apart could just about mean till death causes us to be apart, but this is a very well-established set phrase, and it's just not a good idea to try to improve or rethink it. Some kind of play on words might work, but that's not what you are going for. – user339660 Jun 19 '19 at 12:40
  • Till death do us part means Until death does part us or more modernly, till death should part us. I think the bare form of the verb that was once upon a time used for the subjunctive in until clauses is confusing people here. – tchrist Jun 19 '19 at 12:50
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Cortesy to commenters, the phrase "Till death do us part" is a more fancy way of saying "Until Death parts us". Since we surely cannot say "Until Death aparts us", the whole original statement is grammatically incorrect which is the direct answer to my question.

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  • I noticed that this answer is downvoted for some reason. Is it incorrect? – deimos Feb 4 at 13:56

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