Vocabulary: Relationship

In today’s lesson, we’ll go through the vocabulary related to romantic relationships.

When it comes to romantic relationships, the first thing you do is to ask someone out such as a boyfriend or girlfriend. It means that you invite them for a walk, to the cinema, to a cafe, etc. After that, you may go out with him/her for some time in order to get to know each other better and, of course, at this stadium, people usually fall in love after some time spent dating. When this happens, it is undeniably a serious relationship but since there are emotions involved, you can have arguments and break up with him/her. It happens. You may also grow apart. However, if it is true love, someone usually does something to make things up and suddenly everything falls into place, so you may want to get engaged so that your relationship is now even more serious because it is one step before marriage. 

If everything goes well, you may get married, start a family of your own and hopefully live happily ever after and never get divorced.

Let’s look at the collocations and phrasal verbs from the passage:

Ask someone out 

If you have romantic feelings for someone, you usually ask that person out on a date.

Darren asked me out yesterday. He said there was a great movie at the Odeon.

Go out with someone 

When two people go out they spend time together and have a romantic relationship.

Our son is going out with the doctor.

Go out on a date (dating)

Vocabulary: Relationship
Vocabulary: Relationship

Meaning is the same as the previous collocations. You go out with someone or you go out on a date with them. 

Brian asked me to go out on a date with him. 

We’ve been dating for three months now.

There are more and more dating agencies on the Internet.

Get to know someone 

If you are getting to know someone, then you are spending time with them in order to find out what they are really like.

We went out on a date last weekend and he told me that he’d like to get to know me better.

Fall in love

If you fall in love with someone, you start being in love with them.

They started dating while working together on a project and after a few dates, they fell in love.

Break up with someone 

People who are in a relationship can break up, which means to stop seeing each other or maybe even stop talking to each other.

Mary has been crying all morning. She broke up with Ryan.

Grow apart

When two people grow apart, they gradually distance themselves from each other.

After she moved to another town, they grew apart and eventually broke up.

Vocabulary: Relationship
Vocabulary: Relationship

Make up

After some time of disagreements, arguments, etc, you may want to get back together with your partner, no matter what, which means that you make up.

Robby and Sam had an argument but they made things up the next day.

Fall into place 

When things fall into place, they begin to happen in a satisfactory way. 

Once we decided that we want to be together, things started falling into place.

Get engaged 

People who get engaged formally announce that they’re going to get married.

Sean and Susan got enagaged. They are getting married in September.

Get married 

When two people get married, they begin a legal relationship with each other which is called marriage.

They got married last year. This is their first anniversary.

Vocabulary: Relationship

Start a family 

Start a family means to begin having children.

Married people in our country usually start a family right after they get married.

Get divorced 

If things in your marriage don’t go very well and if you don’t want to share your life with the person you married, the best thing to do is to get divorced and start all over again.

They got divorced after five years of an unhappy marriage. 

Now when you understand the vocabulary, try to talk about it in order to remember it better. Discuss these questions with someone.

  1.  How old were you when you first fell in love with someone?
  2. Do you still live with your parents or did you start a family of your own?
  3. When did you last go out with someone (go on a date with someone)?
  4. Have you ever broken up with someone and later grew apart?
  5. Have you ever got engaged or married?
  6. Do you know a couple who got divorced? Talk about them.

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