“I don’t want to have this conversation,” he said with conviction. And compromise is a thing that people in relationships do.”“I don’t even know if I want to have a relationship with you, I just want to date you some more and find out,” I shot back.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
The other day, my friends and I were talking (read: extensively gossiping) about an acquaintance and her new boy.
I tried to say they were “dating.” Someone else said they weren't dating because they weren't exclusive.
I was on the phone with the guy I had gone on a handful of dates with.
We were discussing whether or not we would continue “dating.” “I want to be able to spend the night and I want you to come to my neighborhood once,” I explained.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.