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    Thumbs up What is the difference...???

    hi every one

    i was reading a thread that talks about if you have got girlfriend or a boyfriend??

    really i don't get it

    there are boys who are friends so, we call them boyfriends
    &
    there are girls who are friends so, call them girlfriends
    or
    i'm mixing them up???

    what dose a boyfriend or girlfriend mean to you??

    and thank you

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    Boyfriend and girlfriend are terms used to denote a couple of some sort.

    A friend is gender neutral and thus you do not need to add "boy" or "girl" in front of it and you would avoid this entire confusion.

    There, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagat
    Boyfriend and girlfriend are terms used to denote a couple of some sort.

    A friend is gender neutral and thus you do not need to add "boy" or "girl" in front of it and you would avoid this entire confusion.
    Not necessarily. i can say 'i'm going out with my girlfriends' which means something different than 'i'm going out with my girlfriend.' Context plays a big role. In the first, i am going to hang out with my female friends and in the second i am going to go out with the girl whom i am dating. 'Boyfriend' can be used in the same matter.

    Girls tend to use both more than boys, and 'girlfriend' is pluralised more often than 'boyfriend'. Unless, of course, you are dating more than one person. Friend *is* gender neutral, but it's often nice to be specific. In Spanish, for example, it's amigo vs amiga. And in Japanese, the words 'ga-rufurendo' and 'boifurendo' mean a friend who is a girl or a friend who is a boy repespectively.

    (My Japanese class had this discussion a few weeks ago, sensei was unsure of the meanings too.)



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    It depends on how you use the word in the sentence and the situation at the time

    but to tell you the truth i agree what Sagat said with the addition of my opinion..


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    when u have a bf its not the same as haveing a boy as a friend,its the same as haveing a gf

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    To me, to have a boyfriend or girlfriend is to be in love with him/her and them knowing it.

    But to have a friend thats a girl, a chick friend.
    To have a friend thats a boy, a guy friend.

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    what do i believe is a b/f or g/f?

    well i believe of them as you have very close friendships with them, that goes beyond just talking, but in time develops into intimacy, and if the relation is correct, on to marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakegaer
    hi every one

    i was reading a thread that talks about if you have got girlfriend or a boyfriend??

    really i don't get it

    there are boys who are friends so, we call them boyfriends
    &
    there are girls who are friends so, call them girlfriends
    or
    i'm mixing them up???

    what dose a boyfriend or girlfriend mean to you??

    and thank you
    There's a little thing called context clues that should inform you which definition the speaker means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gothic tears
    But to have a friend thats a girl, a chick friend.
    To have a friend thats a boy, a guy friend.
    While that does clarify it, not everyone uses those terms. i don't think i've ever heard 'chick friend'. i know i use 'guy friends', probably since i'm female and people expect me to have a boyfriend.

    Terminology varies from region to region, and throughout languages. It really is best to listen to context.



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    That's just a fault of the English language that we use the same term to define a close aquaintence and a lover. It probably comes from the fact that we don't have gender defined words like other languages such as Spanish. In spanish only one word is used for "friend" but the ending tells you what kind of friend (amiga/amigo) and boyfriend and girlfriend are also the same base word with either a feminine or masculine ending, which lets you know whether it's a...well...girlfriend or boyfriend (novia/novio). It's just that we have our adjectives before our nouns, context clues are vital to figure out which it is: "boy friend" or "boyfriend".
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    Quote Originally Posted by audi
    While that does clarify it, not everyone uses those terms. i don't think i've ever heard 'chick friend'. i know i use 'guy friends', probably since i'm female and people expect me to have a boyfriend.

    Terminology varies from region to region, and throughout languages. It really is best to listen to context.
    Ummm...woah, you kinda lost me at terminology. I was just saying what I thought and say. My defenitions and terms of what I say. Don't think I'm saying this in a mean way please.
    My friends call what I say 'chick friends', 'lady friends' haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gothic tears
    Ummm...woah, you kinda lost me at terminology. I was just saying what I thought and say. My defenitions and terms of what I say. Don't think I'm saying this in a mean way please.
    My friends call what I say 'chick friends', 'lady friends' haha.
    i don't think it's mean (and i'm sorry if you think that i thought that), but you've helped me make your point with your "chick friends"/"lady friends" bit. Definitions vary, blah blah blah. Words mean different things.

    Girlfriend can be "chick friend" or "lady friend" or it can be a girl that you are dating. i maintain that you need to listen to context. Whyyy can't it be easy like in Spanish? Or Japanese. koibito, tomodachi... *sigh*



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    When I hear people say "girlfriend/boyfriend", I think of someone that that person is in a relationship with. When I am talking about a friend that is a girl I say "My friend she..." and when I am talking about a boy who is a friend I say "My friend he..."

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    We don't speak English casually here, so there's no confusion. A bf/gf or girlfriend/boyfriend is someone you have a romantic relationship with. When I'm on the Internet, I call my female friends "gurlfriends" and my male friends "guy friends". But the guys don't mind when I refer to them as my boy-friends XD

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    As mp2k said, context.



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