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    #1

    relationship vs romance

    Does 'romance' insinuate a short love relation?
    And then, 'relationship' implies a long-lasting love relation?

    Do you agree with me?
    Thank you very much

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    #2

    Re: relationship vs romance

    No.

    Both can be long- or short-term affairs.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: relationship vs romance

    Personally, I find using "romance" as a noun with the similar meaning as "relationship" to be a bit old-fashioned sounding, or at least something that belongs in a song.

    "So you had your little romance," said the prince's mother. "And now it's over, and you'll marry Lady Blythe, and produce an heir, as is your duty."

    If someone asked me about an old boyfriend, I would refer to our relationship, not our romance.
    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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