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    third base as opposed to first base

    " You've got a girlfriend but you're still stranded on third base.'' Nothing serious was happening between the two a speaker is refering to (general things like kisses and huging).

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    "You've finally got to first base." That would involve a more serious and intimate relationship?

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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I take it to mean that if you got to first base you are in the hand-holding and kissing stage. As you move on to the other bases things become more intimate.
    Basically you advance as you move from first base further on. And it's not vise versa?

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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    On the other hand, if you're stuck on third base, it means you haven't had intercourse yet.

    I agree with Gil: I can't get to first base is the most common thing you'll hear related to this.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    On the other hand, if you're stuck on third base, it means you haven't had intercourse yet.

    I agree with Gil: I can't get to first base is the most common thing you'll hear related to this.
    I always thought it was a baseball analogy. You can't get to third base without having passed through first and second. If you can't get to first base, you've struck out.

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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    It is. At first base, you kiss "and stuff." Things become progressively more intimate as you round 2nd and head to 3rd. If you have full intercourse, you've made it home.

    There is a great song by Meatloaf, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, that has a wonderful commentary by an actual baseball announcer as the young man attempts to "come home." He rounds third, the commentator says "Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it..." and then the song resumes with the woman saying "Stop right there!"
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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It is. At first base, you kiss "and stuff." Things become progressively more intimate as you round 2nd and head to 3rd. If you have full intercourse, you've made it home.

    There is a great song by Meatloaf, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, that has a wonderful commentary by an actual baseball announcer as the young man attempts to "come home." He rounds third, the commentator says "Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it..." and then the song resumes with the woman saying "Stop right there!"
    The whole "Bat Out of Hell" album is great!

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    Re: third base as opposed to first base

    I think I will listen to it now, in fact.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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