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Formula for a perfect marriage
The perfect marriage
It's nearly St Valentine's day and love is in the air, but if you're thinking of popping the question this weekend, then you might be interested in some research that has come up with the perfect formula for a happy marriage.

And what's more, the American scientists behind the study claim it's 94% accurate.

So we asked the BBC's Science Correspondent Christine McGourty to investigate for us on Breakfast.

  • You can see that report by clicking on the link below

    We also decided to explore just how useful could this test be, and whether couples should rely on it.

    We heard from Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor with Relate.

    You can also read some of your comments on what makes a perfect marriage

    Denise Knowles said she was sceptical about the test which involves couples being scored during a video-taped interview on a series of plus and minus points.

    She said there is no such thing as perfection in a relationship and that would worry her in any case adding that there are lots of types of questionnaires and tests to see if couples are compatible.

    On a positive note she said that it was a good idea because it shows that people are taking the issue of marriage seriously.

    So if you're presented with a list of questions along with a bunch of red roses, it might just be the case that your partner is trying to find out if you'd make the perfect match this St Valentine's day.

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