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I think it's not good to use either here:
P1: Do you have a boyfriend?
P2: No, I don't have. And you?
P1: I don't have a girlfriend either.
If person 2 wouldn't have a girlfriend, I could use either.
But since person 2 has no boyfriend and I have no girlfriend, either would be wrong.
What do you mean?
However, if the person making the final statement only wants to refer to a girlfriend, then "either" is unnecessary. They would have to say "No, I don't [have a boyfriend]."
I think a better answer would be to first answer the actual question : "And you? Do you have a boyfriend?" with "No, I don't", but to then add the qualifying statement "...and I don't have a girlfriend either".
This is how I've corrected your question above.
emsr2d2, but this sounds as if I would be interested in men and women, which is not the case
(Only interested in women.)
Person 1 = I, a man
Person 2 = She, a girl
Do you think her question:
"No, I don't. And you?" would actually mean that she asks me if I have a boyfriend?
(Both she and I know that its meaning is girlfriend, but maybe the question isn't that proper?)
Another option would be:
P1: Do you have a life partner?
P2: No, I don't. And you?"
P1: No, I don't have one either."
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Good afternoon, Nightmare.
In case you don't know, there is a term used by a lot of people
in the United States that means husband or wife or boyfriend or
girlfriend or anyone with whom you have a relationship:
Your SIGNIFICANT OTHER.
So if someone is having a party, s/he might say:
I'm inviting you to my party next Saturday. Please feel free
to bring your significant other.
So this means a man can bring any woman; a woman can bring any
man; a man can bring any man; a woman can bring any woman.
Tom: Do you have a significant other?
Mona: No, I don't. Do you?
Tom: No, I don't. So would you like to have dinner with me tonight?
Mona: I would be delighted.
Tom: What do you feel like tonight?
Mona: I feel like Chinese.
Tom: Okey-doke. I'll take you to my favorite Chinese restaurant.