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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 do I tell my new boyfriend that I make a lot of money?

I am usually very secretive about my income. No one really knows how much I make and I was taught to never talk about money to friends. I make about ten times what my boyfriend does. He's also a ...
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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 can I respond when someone asks me when I'm going to get married to my girlfriend?

Frequently I'll have my friends and family tease me, or ask questions about when my girlfriend and I are going to get married. Sometimes, they'll even make these kinds of jokes to me while she's ...
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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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How to clearly communicate that you're asking someone on a date?

It seems to me that it's sometimes difficult to both stay within the social protocol and also communicate your intentions clearly. As an example of this, I once asked a girl I knew out to see a ...
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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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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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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 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 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 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 do I phrase an introduction on a dating website?

I'm attempting to meet somebody on a few dating websites. The sites that I'm using all rely on internal messaging systems and user-created profiles to stimulate conversation, so the only thing I know ...
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In an early relationship, how can I handle my partner's deep depression and not be an enabler?

As a preface, I apologize if this question seems off-topic; it is a twisted problem that I have tried to narrow down to a single, good question that addresses the lump sum of my concerns and issues ...
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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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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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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 to deal with a person getting sad during a date?

Background A few months ago, I met a girl on a dating site. We talked a bit and had our first date. It was great but she mentioned she had quite a heavy backstory without giving out much details. ...
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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 explain to my girlfriend that I enjoy certain video games?

I would like to ask for advice about my current situation, my girlfriend (26) and I (31) have been together for 2 months now and we really have lots in common and always have a great time together but!...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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 do I let someone I'm romantically interested in know I think we wouldn't work out because I am not straight?

Background: I was born female and I am hetero-romantic, but I'm starting to think that I might be both asexual and agender. I have always been uncomfortable with the idea that I am "supposed" to look, ...
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How to deal when you are too excited about someone you just met?

I just met a girl through a friend and so far, we haven't stopped talking not even for a second. Even though I'm really excited, she is friendly with everyone. Like really friendly. To understand a ...
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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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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 stop a friendship from blossoming into a romance? [closed]

Current situation John and Ashley are friends. They are of opposite genders. John Introvert Has very few friends. Primarily boys. Tech-savvy In an unconventional way. He seeks perfection. Great ...
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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 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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Love Confession by Personally Handing Over Handwritten Letter

There is a person I've met at the workplace who I've become interested in since I was introduced to on my first day at work. The development of our relationship was slow due to being in a different ...
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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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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 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 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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Demonstrating my intentions (date/relationship) while dealing with cultural differences

I'm having problems figuring out how to move forward with a girl I like. About me I'm in my mid 20's, about low to average in appearance and style, heavy thinker, introverted, and shy person. I find ...
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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 to develop romance in a casual, interrupted relationship?

I was in a relationship with a female, went out on several dates (more than 3), but, nothing exciting happened. We didn't break up, we just kind of stopped talking to each other. About a year later (...
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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 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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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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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 to tell a coworker that you would like to date them?

I think I'm in an intricate and precarious May-June/May-July situation. A woman colleague, let's call her Mary, seems to have a crush on me. She has: clung to my arm while walking, tried to coyly ...
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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 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 to tell my violin teacher who's interested in me that I'm actually married after I sent positive signals back for months?

I'm a 30 year old male and I've been married for 10 years. I work in an all-male environment. I don't have female friends. I have no male-female relationship experience outside of my marriage. In ...