Love and Relationships Vocabulary

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Love and Relationships Vocabulary
Choose one of the expressions below. Make a (personal or opinion) question about that 
thing and/ or using those words, then flip a coin. If you get heads (= the picture side) you 
can ask someone else in your group that question, but if you get tails (= the number side) 
you must answer your own question. In other words:
-

Heads = Ask

-

Tails = Tell

If whoever has to answer rejects that (with phrases like “I’d rather not say” or “That’s a bit 
personal”), they miss their next chance to make the question. People can ask follow up 
questions if they want to, but you don’t have to answer those extra questions if you don’t 
want to. 
Suggested questions
“At what age…?”
“Are you good at…?”
“Do you approve of…?”
“Do you think it’s okay to…?”
“Do you think it’s true that…?”
“Do you think people should…?”
“Do you think… is a good enough reason to…?”
“Has anyone you know…?”
“Have you ever…?”
“How can you decide if…?”
“How do you feel about…?”
“How important is… (to you)?”
“How would you feel if…?”
“How would you… (if you had to/ if the opportunity arose)?
“Under what circumstances is it okay to…?”
“Under what circumstances might you…?”
“What are the (dis)advantages of…?”
“What do you (usually) do…?”
“What do you think about…?”
“What have people told you about…?”
“What kind of…?”
“What would make you…?”
“What would you do if your son/ daughter/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ father/ mother/ husband/ 
wife/ sister/ brother…?”
“What would you do if… told you that…?”
“What would you… if…?”
“What’s the best/ worst/ most… (if…)?”
“When did you first/ last…?”
“Would you (ever)…?”
“Would you… if…?”
“Would you say (that you)…?”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Love and relationships vocabulary to ask questions about/ with

(have an) abortion

(have) an affair

(golden/ silver/ diamond)

anniversary

anonymous

arranged marriage

ask for someone’s hand (in

marriage)/ propose

ask someone out (on a

date)

beautiful/ fit/ good looking/

handsome/ pretty

best man(‘s speech)

bi(sexual)

blind date

break up/ split up

bun in the oven/ knocked

up/ pregnant

chat up (line)

cheat (on)/ two time/ mess

around

compliment

contraception (e.g. the pill)

crazy about

(just) a crush/ (only)

infatuation/ infatuated (with)

dating agency

disapprove of/ disapproval

divorce

double date/ group date

dump someone/ throw

someone out

embarrassing/

embarrassment

engaged/ engagement

(ring/ party)

ex

fancy someone

female friend/ male friend/

just good friends

fiancé/ fiancée

first date

first kiss

flirt/ flirting

flowers

go out with

going out/ going steady

gold-digger

(bride)groom

head over heels (in love)

heavy petting

hen night/ stag night

in-laws

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(really/ deeply) in love

dream date

internet (dating)

jealous(y)

(white) lie(s)

live together (before

marriage)/ shack up

love at first sight

(civil/ church) marriage/

wedding

matchmaker/ matchmaking/

set up (by) someone

mistress/ bit on the side

(serial) monogamy/

monogamous

one night stand

(life) partner

play hard to get

polygamy/ second wife

propose/ proposal

quarrel/ row

regret

reject(tion)/ brush off

(get) remarried/ second

marriage

same sex

separate/ separation

settle down

sexting

revenge (porn)

sexual harassment

shotgun wedding

sleep around/ sow your wild

oats

sleep with

snog/ passionate kiss/ pash

(e.g. French kiss)

speed dating

split the bill/ go Dutch

STD

(complete) stranger

unrequited love

Valentine’s Day (present/

card)

wedding ceremony

wedding reception

white wedding/  traditional

wedding

workplace romance/ office

romance

your type

fall in love/ fall for someone

romantic holiday/

honeymoon

(in)compatible/ compatibility

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Love and marriage collocations
Brainstorm as many collocations as you can to the words below, adding words before and/
or after each word there. .

marriage

wedding

date

up

love

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Use the words below to help with the task above
ask for someone’s hand in
ask someone out (on a date)
at first sight
blind
break
ceremony
chat
deeply in
fall in
first
head over heels in
knocked
re-
reception
second
shack
speed
split
traditional
unrequited
white

Check your answers with the cards on the first worksheets. Many other collocations are 
possible, so please check with your teacher if you wrote something different.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Love and relationships vocabulary word formation
Without looking above, write at least one more form of each word below, e.g. the adjective
if it is a noun. Answers not above may also be possible. 
abort
anonymously
marry
proposal
beauty
speak
sex
pregnancy
complimentary
infatuated
agent
disapprove
embarrass
engaged
deep
jealous
see
wed
matchmaking
series
monogamy
polygamous
regretful
reject
remarry
separate
vengeance
harass
passion
ceremonial
receive
tradition
romantic
compatible

Check your ideas above. Many other answer are possible, so if you wrote something 
different please check with your teacher. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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