- to break up: to end a romantic relationship
- to drift apart: to become less close to someone
- to enjoy someone’s company: to like spending time with someone
- to fall for: to fall in love
- to fall head over heels in love: to start to love someone a lot
- to fall out with: to have a disagreement and stop being friends
- to get on like a house on fire: to like someone’s company very much indeed
- to get on well with: to understand someone and enjoy similar interests
- to get to know: to begin to know someone
- to go back years: to have known someone for a long time
- to have a lot in common: to share similar interests
- to have ups and downs: to have good and bad times
- a healthy relationship: a good, positive relationship
- to hit it off: to quickly become good friends with
- to be in a relationship: to be romantically involved with someone
- to be just good friends: to not be romantically involved
- to keep in touch with: to keep in contact with
- to lose touch with: to not see or hear from someone any longer
- love at first sight: to fall in love immediately you meet someone
- to pop the question: to ask someone to marry you
- to see eye to eye: to agree on a subject
- to settle down: to give up the single life and start a family
- to strike up a relationship: to begin a friendship
- to tie the knot: to get married
- to be well matched: to be similar to
- to work at a relationship: to try to maintain a positive relationship with someone
Romance - People
casual / steady date
husband / wife
My date was late for the dance!
Feel free to bring along your significant other to the party
Romance - Events
one night stand
Tom and Betty's marriage is inspiring!
Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce.
Romance - Verbs
have a crush on
go out with
break up with
marry / get married
Peter flirted with Maria during the class.
Helen went out with Andrea for more than three years.
Friends / Enemies - People
good / close / best friend
We're not dating. We have a platonic relationship.
My rival in tennis beat me last week.
|Friends / Enemies - Verbs
get along with
hit it off with
gang up on
trust / distrust
hang out with
Peter and Alan hit it off at the meeting last week.
I like to hang out with Carl on the weekends.
Work - People
The director sent a memo out to staff.
My coworker got married last weekend.
Work - Events
Alexander made a presentation at the convention last week.
I have a meeting at three o'clock this afternoon.
Work - Verbs
do business with
be responsible for
James is responsible for sales in California.
Let's schedule a meeting next week.
Family - People
mother / father / brother / sister in-law
blood / distant relatives
I don't often see my distant relatives.
Her mother-in-law drives her crazy!
Family - Events
It's funny how we only see distant relatives at weddings and funerals.
We had a nice family get together last weekend.
Family - Verbs
get along with
have a good relationship with
obey / disobey
look up to
She looks up to her father. The children disobeyed their parents and were punished.
|Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different stages of arelationship
Chat up - starting a relationship
to chat (somebody) up
to talk to somebody in the hope of starting a romantic or sexual relationship
to flirt (with somebody)
to behave playfully towards another person who you are - or pretend to be - attracted to romantically or sexually
a person who likes to flirt
a blind date
a meeting (arranged by a third party) with a person you might be interested in romantically but who you have never met before
WLTM - would like to meet
small ads (in newspapers, magazines or on the internet) which give a short description of a person you would like to date. To save space, some of these abbreviations are used:
GSOH - good sense of humour
LTR - long-term relationship
Loved up - being in a relationship
to be smitten with somebody
to be deeply affected by your love for somebody
to fall for somebody
to fall in love with somebody
it was love at first sight
two people fell in love with each other as soon as they met
to take the plunge
to get engaged/married
I can hear wedding bells
I suspect that they are going to get married soon
terms of endearment
names people in love give each other or call each other:
Break up - finishing a relationship
they are having a domestic (informal)
they are having an argument
they have blazing rows
they have very serious, often noisy arguments
(s)he is playing away from home
(s)he is having an affair
to break up with somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody
to split up
to break up
to dump somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody without much thought for the other person
We need to talk
(fixed) expressions, often sweet or apologetic, used to tell a partner, girlfriend or boyfriend that the relationship is finished or is going to finish:
I just need some space
It's not you, it's me
I hope that we can always be friends
This is hurting me more than it is hurting you
It's not enough that we love each other
It simply wasn't meant to be
A secret admirer
Someone who fancies someone else but keeps it a secret
Short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the technical medical term for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or the kiss of life
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Exercise 1. - Use a word or phrase to fill in the gaps. Each word or phrase is used only once.
love-interest, blood, nemesis, friendship, love, crush, casual, distant, unrequited love, acquaintance, steady, business partner
Love is very different from _______. If you've got a _______ on someone you can't wait to see them.
If it's just an ________ you can probably wait until tomorrow, or the day after. One thing is for sure: You'll probably see your ______ relatives every day! Luckily, you don't need to see your _______ relatives quite as often, though. When it comes to business, you'll probably see your _________ daily, but you'll stay away from ________ as often as you can.
Let's face it: ______ is complicated. I've heard from a number of people who have experienced _____________, and they're never the same! There are also all kinds of considerations. For example, if you've had a _______ date, do you want to go out again? Are you tired of your ________ date? Well, maybe it's time for a new __________!
Exercise 2. - Use a verb to fill in the blanks in the sentences. Remember to conjugate the verb depending on the situation, and don't forget your prepositions!
- My nemesis and I _______________ each other on a daily basis!
- I can remember the first time I met my wife. We ____________ immediately and life was never the same.
- Students who __________________ their parents after the age of 30 are ridiculous.
- I __________________ my father for my whole life. He's a wonderful example of a kind-hearted person with good judgement.
- Yesterday, she ________________ her colleague for criticizing her work. She said she was very sorry.
- Ever since he ____________ Angela, he's been a changed man!
- Mary ________________ her boyfriend last week. She couldn't stand his complaining anymore.
- They _____________________ for more than twenty years. They see no reason to get married.
ANSWERS TO EXERCISES
hit it off
have looked up to
went out with
broke up with
have lived together