20 English phrases for talking about relationships
There are many ways to talk about relationships. In this lesson, you will learn some expressions to talk about different kind of relationships from being friends to dating, or married, or even divorced.
Not in a relationship
- Just friends
You have a friend and you are not dating to him/her. You are just friends. You can say.
When you are not married to anyone, you’re still single.
A platonic relationship is a more specific and formal way of saying “We are just friends”.
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Beginning of Relationship
- Ask someone out
This is a very traditional way of asking someone to go on a date.
- Fall in love with someone/ be into someone
You are falling in love with someone means you love that person. You can also say that you are “into” someone.
- Seeing someone.
Use this phrase to describe when you have already on a date with someone for a few times. It means you go out on date with the person you are seeing regularly. But the relationship might not be closed very much.
- hook up
The relationship is always very complicated. When you are interested in dating someone, you can use this phrase. Or more than that, you can use this expression when you have a sexual experience with someone before dating.
To be in the early stage of relationship, you go out on dates to find out what each other like.
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In a relationship
Now you begin a relationship with someone.
- in a relationship
A formal way of saying that you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend.
- get engaged
Before you decide to marry each other, you get engaged.
You have a wedding with someone and legally being husband or wife.
The first year or the second year after the marriage is called newlyweds.
Two persons live with each other but never get married. They have a serious relationship but they might think marriage is not necessary. Or they are gays and they are not allowed to get married in some countries …
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End of Relationships
When a married couple don’t want to live with each other. They separate and live on their own.
When a married couple separate legally.
- broke up
When you end the relationship with someone you are dating?
- dump (someone)
When someone breaks up the relationship with the other. It means he/she dumps the other peron.
When you have an angry break up, we talk about it this way.
When you divorce or break up with someone, that person is your “ex”: ex-boyfriend, ex-wife…