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    The usage of "mate"

    Hi,

    I know that in American English, the word "mate" can be used as a generic term for both husbands and wives (However in British English "mate" often means "friend") . For example, speaking of marriage, it is difficult to find an ideal mate.

    So I wonder what the British counterpart is for the American usage of "mate" as a generic term for husbands and wives?

    Thank you!

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    Re: The usage of "mate"

    Speakers of BrE also use "mate" to describe the object of sexual bonding. They have no problem discriminating that usage from "mate" as friend. Context is all they need.

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    #3

    Re: The usage of "mate"

    Another word would be "spouse".

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    Re: The usage of "mate"

    We use "partner" a lot.

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    #5

    Re: The usage of "mate"

    Do you use "helpmate"?

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    Re: The usage of "mate"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you use "helpmate"?
    I have heard it, but I don't think it's used very much.

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