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    #11

    Re: to try to convince someone to love you

    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #12

    Re: to try to convince someone to love you

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Let's be direct - "Netflix and chill" means "have sex".

    And here I am, stuck with only a Hulu subscription.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #13

    Re: to try to convince someone to love you

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    It is old fashioned because the underlying concept is considered old fashioned with the advent of dating and hook-up apps.

    If the person is taking a romantic approach to developing a relationship then the word is appropriate. As is usual with English there are alternative terms with very subtle differences in meaning.
    Maybe in the UK. In the US, courting, wooing, and romancing were old-fashioned way before the internet. They were old-fashioned when I was a kid. (I'm 68.)

    They're all perfectly understandable words, but here they would sound affected.

    Sometimes we use seeing: They've been seeing each other for over a year.

    But we don't use it in exactly the same way as romancing, so I didn't suggest it as a substitute.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #14

    Re: to try to convince someone to love you

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Yup. As I say, affected.
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    #15

    Re: to try to convince someone to love you

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Maybe in the UK. In the US, courting, wooing, and romancing were old-fashioned way before the internet. They were old-fashioned when I was a kid. (I'm 68.)
    They were old-fashioned by the time I first heard them (and that certainly pre-dates the internet). I think my grandparents' generation would be the last to use them in everyday language. We don't really have a replacement for them now because people don't tend to behave in the same way. If someone is romantically interested in someone else, they tend to just ask them out (ask them if they would like to go on a date). If they say "Yes", great - they go on their first date and, if they get on well, they go on more. Then they're said to be "dating", "going out with each other" or "seeing each other". If the other person says "No", oh well, never mind!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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