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    Default invite to/for a date

    Hello,

    I'm wondering which preposition I should use when I say

    He invited me to/for a date.

    Is either fine?

    I'm also wondering if both sentences are OK:

    I've never been on a blind date.
    I've never gone on a blind date.

    I'd appreciate it if somebody could help.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    I would use invited for/on a date.

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    I would always use on a date.

    He invited me out on a date.
    He invited me on a date.
    I went on a date last night.
    John is out on a date with a very pretty girl.
    I've never been on a blind date.

    In BrE, we also say "to ask someone out" which means to invite them on a date.

    I met this great guy yesterday and he asked me out!

    I may be wrong, but I believe that "to ask someone out" in AmE means something very different (to invite someone to go outside to fight?)

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    Thanks!

    I found the choice a bit confusing because invite is usually followed by to / for, and date is usually preceded by on; now I see on would be a safe bet.

    Would anybody say

    I've never gone on a blind date?

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would always use on a date.

    He invited me out on a date.
    He invited me on a date.
    I went on a date last night.
    John is out on a date with a very pretty girl.
    I've never been on a blind date.

    In BrE, we also say "to ask someone out" which means to invite them on a date.

    I met this great guy yesterday and he asked me out!

    I may be wrong, but I believe that "to ask someone out" in AmE means something very different (to invite someone to go outside to fight?)
    No, I would ask someone out if I was attracted to her and wanted to go on a date.

    You are thinking of the expression "Let's take this outside." No establishment wants a fight inside. So if two guys are gearing up, they will either be told to take it outside, or one of them will say to the other "let's take this outside."

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, I would ask someone out if I was attracted to her and wanted to go on a date.

    You are thinking of the expression "Let's take this outside." No establishment wants a fight inside. So if two guys are gearing up, they will either be told to take it outside, or one of them will say to the other "let's take this outside."
    Yes, I've heard "Take it outside" used but for some reason I had a feeling I'd also heard, for example "We were getting into an argument and then he asked me out" (meaning let's go outside and fight it out) but definitely only in AmE. Maybe I'm imagining it!

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    Default Re: invite to/for a date

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Thanks!

    I found the choice a bit confusing because invite is usually followed by to / for, and date is usually preceded by on; now I see on would be a safe bet.

    Would anybody say

    I've never gone on a blind date?
    I think that on a date over-rides the other prepositions, but for is OK too.

    I would say that I have never been/gone on a blind date.

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