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    to hit on

    In which countries is the expression to hit on somebody (to flirt with) common? In everyday English, what's the most common way to convey the idea?

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    Re: to hit on

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    In which countries is the expression to hit on somebody (to flirt with) common? In everyday English, what's the most common way to convey the idea?
    It's not something I've indulged in for a long time but in BrE we used to "chat somebody up". I think "hit on somebody" is exclusively American.

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    Re: to hit on

    "hit on" is slang and may be considered crude.

    "approach" is another word that can be used.

    I'd like to approach that girl and get her name.

    Better:

    I'd like to meet that girl . . .

    I'd like to introduce myslef to that girl . . .

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    Re: to hit on

    To echo Susie, to "hit on" someone is predatory. The person hitting on another is generally trying to get sex.

    Firting is fun and light. You can have innocent flirting that isn't intended to go anywhere except to create some smiles. Maybe it will lead to more, but it's not necessary.
    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: to hit on

    I am not a teacher.

    We can also schmooze a girl stateside.

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