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    Default Re: My girlfriend / My boyfriend

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Shame about the eyebrows, though.
    Denis Healey was a mere novice in the field of eyebrowa.
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    Thank you all for your helpful comments. For us in Russia gender is almost always important, knowing the gender of a person referred to at once, from the word form, helps to avoid misunderstanding. As Barb said, it's cultural.) And in the Russian language the word forms of "gender" and "floor" (not "sex") coincide.))
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    I've just become aware of homeboy and homegirl.

    They're apparently AE slang words which might be a useful addition to anybody's vocabulary who's reluctant to use boyfriend/girlfriend.

    They're in plenty of dictionaries.

    I bet our homies in the USA can tell us about it. They'll be getting up round about now.

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    Please don't use that. You will sound quite ridiculous.
    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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