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    #1

    James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    Dating is usually looked upon as a temporary process. So, would it be unnatural to say "James dates Mary"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    It might be temporary but it's ongoing so the present continuous is appropriate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    James dates Mary
    This could work in a review/summary of a novel or film.
    For example,
    James dates Mary for a couple of months. Then they decide to get married.

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    Re: James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    I find it odd that he is dating her, but that they are not dating, i.e., mutually.

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    Re: James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I find it odd that he is dating her, but that they are not dating, i.e., mutually.
    The narrator could, for example, be trying to put the focus on James for whatever reason. For instance, James might be the main character of some movie.

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    Re: James dates Mary/ James is dating Mary

    We can say "James is dating Mary", "Mary is dating James" or "James and Mary are dating". They mean the same although the third could be ambiguous because it could mean, theoretically, that James is dating someone (unnamed) and Mary is dating someone (unnamed). The assumption, however, would be that they are dating each other.

    In BrE, we usually use "going out with" rather than "dating" although the former is generally amongst or about younger people, around secondary school or college age. We also say that X is "seeing" Y.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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