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Questions tagged [romance]

For questions involving a romantic relationship, whether it is a current, previous or hoped for relationship or involving the romantic relationship of another couple.

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How to reduce the awkwardness on the way to the bedroom?

I am a man in my mid-40's and met some time ago an old friend (woman, mid-40's as well) when travelling (to her city). I traveled there again a few times (every few months) and it is obvious that a (...
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How to ask someone you see regularly out on a date, without making it awkward?

Here's the situation: There's this girl, let's call her Jane, that I've known for slightly over a year. We met pretty randomly when we were both looking for a dance partner for ballroom dancing, and ...
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How should I apologise for making someone feel bad for something that wasn't their fault? [closed]

I recently met a girl on a night out when we were both quite drunk, and, having liked her I began texting her every now and then. After a few days, we decided to go out for some coffee. Now, when we ...
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How to re-build intimacy with romantic partner

Me and my wife have been married for almost 5 years and together for 7. We are both relatively young, she is still in her twenties. The past year or so, I have not acknowledged her very much. I have ...
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Asking someone you met on a dating site to be friend, because you didn't like them enough to date

So I met a girl on a dating site. We were talking a bit for few days. But last Saturday, both of us were feeling down, so we decided to meet for a walk on our first date, and later we went to my place,...
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Approach former date online without making it awkward

So there's this girl I was dating back in may I matched on Tinder. I was over that pretty quickly and I still don't have any romantic interest in her. At the time we were dating (and I'd bet long ...
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How to engage a good conversation with the girl I like? [closed]

Well, here's the story: When I lived in a shared house, there was a girl (just for simplicity, I'll call her "Shi") that I began to like. We didn't talk very much, but from time to time we matched on ...
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I look ten years younger. Is it appropriate to give a younger age in online dating? [closed]

People don't age at the same speed. The variance for age of (non-violent, natural) death is several decades. And you can notice this difference in the speed of aging at an earlier age, too. Some ...
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Finding out if my crush is gay

I am a middle aged man living in western Europe. I have a crush on a female colleague who recently joined the company where I am working, but in a different department from me. Today by random chance ...
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How to tell my wife about a (possibly romantic) relationship with another woman?

I am happily married male, mid-thirties, Central Europe, two nice kids. With my wife, we have a great relationship and no big issues, just the normal ones (if she only didn't burn the meal that often :...
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How to ask my boyfriend's family if it bothers them that I'm coming along

I am in a romantic relationship with a very close friend of mine (we are both French and in the early 20s). We have been very close for years and we have been living together for a few months now. We ...
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How to tell my SO I am ashamed of people seeing us together [closed]

I have been dating a girl for almost one year and a half now. I am 24 and she is 22 and we are both from South America. We started as friends with benefits but after meeting for almost 6 months we ...
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How to signal unavailability for a romantic or sexual relationship without elaborating on relationship status or personally rejecting someone?

Background I'm in a happily monogamous relationship. I also am friends with someone I used to date. My friend and I generally void the subject of dating/romance now because it can be a sore subject ...
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How do I tell a love interest I'm probably too old for her?

I happened to be seated next to a lovely young lady on a flight recently. We hit it off really nicely, talked a lot during the flight, and she signaled she was single which is nice because I am too. ...
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How to talk to a one night stand about her potential breast lumps issues?

I'm Brazilian, 23, and I went on a date with a Tinder match yesterday afternoon. At some point things got more intense and as I was fondling her breasts I felt two big lumps on her left one. We've ...
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My boyfriend thinks we are in contact too much but I don't and I don't know how to express this to him without upsetting/annoying him [closed]

TL;DR: My boyfriend said that he thinks we're in contact too much and that we should cut back on how much we talk - I don't really know what to make of this because I see no issue in how much we talk ...
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Asking a romantic interest about her relationship status

Context: I met a girl named Anna in a class at my university just under 2 years ago. Only toward the end of the semester, when we were working together as part of a group project, did I start to ...
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Confronting girlfriend about sending me conversations with other guys

My female friend likes to send me print-screens of her conversations with other guys. There's no romantic content whatsoever, or any content that bothers me, but just the fact that she sends it to me ...
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How can I have a conversation with my wife to be ensured of her faithfulness?

I am living in India and I married a beautiful wife recently (this was an arranged marriage). I am working in office from 9AM to 5PM, she is a housemaker. We are living in a building where most of the ...
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How to tell a person who is interested in me that a relationship is not an option?

I have this workmate for almost 2-months now, who is an all-out person. I mean, she's not afraid to tell any of her feelings towards another person. Now, she told me she likes me. I told her, which I ...
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etiquette in dealing with long cold war [closed]

Let's call this friend, lady A. We begun as friends three years ago through a dating site but she was warm with her affections shortly into the friendship through the show of her handmade gifts to me....
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How do I approach maintaining a friendship with someone I used to date, who now has a significant other?

Background: I'm a single 20-something man living in a major city who is actively dating. I met a woman about 5-6 months ago on a dating website, let's call her Alice. Alice and I hit things off ...
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How can I transition a conversation about Taylor ham, with a girl, into other topics [closed]

Background: I recently met a girl in Manhattan, near where I live. As I got to know her - we both happened to be getting late night food at the same place - she taught me about something called "...
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How to ask someone on a date when dating isn't usual in your culture?

Background One similar question is How to clearly communicate that you're asking someone on a date?, but here my situation is noticeably different. I am from India and many girls don't even ...
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How can I know whether a female house guest is interested in more than a friendly visit?

We have met around 4 months ago, we both are from the same country and are on an internship abroad. She lives quite far from me (around 400 km). We have chatted a bit since we've met and our ...
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Whether to Initiate Contact With Barista [duplicate]

I frequent a particular coffee shop 3-4 times a week, and am pretty familiar with the baristas, as I see them often. I've noticed one of them, C, is flirty and playful with me, and seems genuinely ...
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How to let someone know he hurt me without spreading negative feelings

I am living in a flat with 3 other persons, 2 females and 1 male. I am a 25 year old male too. I have some romantic feelings for one of the female flatmates, Alice, but we have never spoken about it ...
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Best way to talk about my doubts with my girlfriend.

I'm following this stack from the beginning but posting this anonymously was needed. Context I'm in my mid-twenties and with my girlfriend for more than 8 years now. We are from a western Europe ...
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21answers
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How to ask cashier out for date

I am 21 years old and living in a large city in Germany where smalltalk in local markets is not a common thing. A new cashier joined my local food shop. She’s always at the checkout and never doing ...
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How do I tactfully ask a close friend out?

Context I became friends with a girl named Penny around a year ago when she started dating my good friend Kyle; Penny and I became friends when she became a part of the friend group Kyle and I were a ...
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How to prepare my girlfriend for the break-up?

Context: My girlfriend Alice and I have been together for the past 4 years, we're both 20 years old. I've recently decided to end our relationship for reasons related to some traits of her ...
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How to tell a date I really enjoyed our dates so far and I would like to go on another, when I might have offended her? [closed]

Here's the setting: Blake and I met while in graduate school, taking a couple of classes together. She had this quiet intelligence about her that was really attractive, and on one wintry night, I ...
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Is this a good way (with respect to time) to disclose an STD to a potential partner?

Background I have HSV1 on my genitals; I don't get mouth sores. I got the diagnosis a couple of years ago. I've dated several people since then. I kissed my first potential partner (since the ...
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Best way to tell a new friend I'd like to date her

Last summer I met this girl at a festival. I had this almost instant feeling she's perfect girlfriend material. Turns out though that just a few days earlier she'd fallen for another guy at the ...
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How to tell a girl that I want to “try” date her

This is my first question on this stack, so anything I can improve in this question, just comment on it. The story so far: About two weeks ago I found a girl online that sparked my interest, and ...
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Girlfriend, vegetarianism and me not wanting to change

Me and Alice are back. This is somewhat related to another one of my questions but more about me this time. I have planned to visit my girlfriend Alice in a few months, during which I will be staying ...
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How could I determine if one simply could not or also would not like to go on a date? [closed]

I am not particularly good at picking up on social cues, and, regardless, a question of what cues might indicate the answer to my question would be more opinion-based. For context, I am an 18-year-...
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How can I explain to my partner that my online interactions are important to me to reduce their frustration when I talk about them?

How can I explain, to my partner, that my online interactions, particularly here on Stack Exchange, are important and of value to me with the goal of them not feeling frustrated that I'm "wasting" my ...
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How do I communicate to my husband that I don't like oral sex?

I am newly married 27 year-old lady from India. My husband really likes oral sex, but I hate it... It is really uncomfortable for me and I feel like it is disgusting and I don't know that it is ...
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How can I tell if an old friend has interest in me? [closed]

I'm a male, 23 and let's call her Jess. She is 22. Me and Jess go way back. I've known her since high school, but as my friend had a crush on her, I'd never ever hit on her, even though I find her ...
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How to tell a close friend and partner in business that I'm seeing his ex-girlfriend?

Lets go to the facts first. Let's call my close friend Bob, and his ex-girlfriend Jane. Me and Jane go way before I meet Bob. Actually, she presented me to him. Since then, we became really close ...
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How to tell someone I'm uninterested in them romantically? [closed]

I am a trans woman. I began attending college this fall, and, like a lot of students, I immediately began sleeping around. All of the relationships I had were pretty short term, and were mutually ...
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How to invite a coworker I'm romantically interested in to a dinner party without sounding like I have an agenda?

There is a nice new guy at my job who I have been getting to know more lately and I think he might like me. He sits at the desk next to mine so we often talk when we are alone in the room. We share ...
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How to ask my female room mate to stop leaving her bikini in public space? [closed]

I am a male living in the U.S. with a female and another male. We all get along just fine, but as time has passed she has made me more and more uncomfortable; she shows signs of romantic interest in ...
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How do I determine if a girl I am seeing is open to a relationship?

About 1.5 months ago I got to know a girl that lives 5 minutes away from me. We wrote for 1-2 days, then met. The first two times just talking with each other and then, at a concert, making out. ...
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How to help my girlfriend if she gets greatly depressed over small things?

I have been dating a wonderful girl for a little over 10 months now, and for the first long while it was great. I love her and we spend a lot of time together; however, in recent months things have ...
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How to set up interactions with someone you are interested in after long time without contact?

I am a 20 y/o guy and I would like to spend time with a particularly nice girl who I only saw occasionally and it has been 6 months since the last time. Past interactions These have always been ...
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How do I say that I'd be interested in dating, but only to “Try it out”

I am close friends with this girl, and she recently told me that she likes me. She said, would you like to date, and I said I'll get back to you (I know, terrible response). I never thought this ...
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How do I ask my dad's friend if he's interested in me?

This has been something on my mind that I just can't seem to shake off. Backstory: My family has a group of other families that we regularly meet up with. We vacation, have dinners, etc. My dad has ...
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How to deal with anxiety/control issues in relationship

Here's a brief rundown of the situation: I have issues with fears of abandonment that manifest in very strong anxiety triggered by certain things, such as my girlfriend going out partying for the ...