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    Smile synonym with dating

    Hello, dear teachers and friends,

    I am looking for a phrasal verb, I guess people use it colloquially to say that someone is seeing someone else but there's no commitment. The verb is "to make", but what preposition goes with make in order to meet those requirements? Would it be "out"?

    John is making out (with) Tinna.
    John has been making out (with) Tinna.
    Tinna and John have been making out.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: synonym with dating

    'Making out' between a guy and a girl is more than just seeing each other.

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    Re: synonym with dating

    Making out is not the sense you want, I don't think. Making out is hugging, kissing, fondling, and probably a lot more.

    I think you want to say, "seeing" or "dating" or "hanging with" or "going out with" someone. There is no strong commitment implied in these expressions. Nor is making out implied, directly, but you can probably assume there is some of that going on, too.

    To say "he has been going out with her for two years" is another way of saying he has serious commitment issues!

    To express a commitment we might say, they are engaged, or living together (if they are), or "exclusively dating" perhaps, or simply, "They are together" or "They are a couple." When I was a kid, the phrase was "going steady with" but I doubt that is still used.

    Another expression is "sleeping with" but that is used derogatorily / nasty, as is "shacked up with" someone, whereas "living with" someone is used if you aren't trying to disparage their relationship.

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    Smile Re: synonym with dating

    OK, let me make up a context:

    You come to Brazil, you go to a party, you meet a good-looking person, then you guys start talking and in a blink of an eye, you kiss each other and maybe a little more, but not much, and that's all. Then, you have to go back to your country, once you are home, you might say: Hey, I made someone (up, out, ...) last night.
    There's no commiment, you guys can't remember any name. So, is there a phrasal verb to describe that? Here in Brazil, we use a slang to describe that action, I wonder if there's something equivalent in English.

    Thanks for commenting!

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    Re: synonym with dating

    I made out with this cute guy last night. ""Made out" has to stay together. You make out with someone, not "make someone out."

    (If you make someone out, it means you can discern their image.)

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    Smile Re: synonym with dating

    I knew it, Thanks Barb, I heard an American say that on the TV, I just was not sure it was exactly "making out".

    Here in Brazil, we call it "stay": word-for-word translation:

    She stayed with him last night.
    She has been staying with him every party they go (to).

    Do those sentences make any sense?

    Thanks


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    Re: synonym with dating

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post

    She stayed with him last night. = She was at his home last night. It could have been entirely non-sexual
    She has been staying with him every party they go (to). She sticks to him at every party they are both at [she attaches herself to him]



    Do those sentences make any sense? The first one, yes; the second one could be better expressed.
    Thanks
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    Re: synonym with dating

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I knew it, Thanks Barb, I heard an American say that on the TV, I just was not sure it was exactly "making out".

    Here in Brazil, we call it "stay": word-for-word translation:

    She stayed with him last night.
    She has been staying with him every party they go (to).

    Do those sentences make any sense?
    Not in English. (Not to me anyway.) The phrase "go with" can be used, but it can't be used as a complete substitution for "stay with" in the above sentences.



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