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Relationships
  • When you move to a new city, it can be hard to make friends. You’ll probably have a number of casual acquaintances – people who you know on a basic level, but with whom you don’t have a significant relationship. Over time, some of these may become good friends or close friends – these collocations refer to friends with whom you have an especially strong relationship.
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? That’s when two people meet each other and immediately fall in love – perhaps because they have strong chemistry – this expression describes strong compatibility or connection between two possible romantic partners. Some people believe that their significant other (their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife) is their soul mate – this is a poetic expression that means that two people are destined to be together.
  • It’s possible for one person to have feelings for another person – this expression is an indirect way to describe romantic feelings – but if the other person doesn’t feel the same way, then the feeling is not mutual. The other person might say “he’s/she’s just not my type” – meaning that they are interested in people of a different type of personality/appearance. Ah, there’s nothing sadder than unrequited love! (Love that is not returned)
  • Some people marry their childhood sweetheart or high school/college sweetheart – this expression refers to a boyfriend or girlfriend from your childhood, teenage, or college years. Other couples are introduced by a mutual friend – one friend that the two people have in common. When the couple is ready to make a commitment, the man proposes to the woman – he asks her to marry him. If the marriage is good, then we say the couple is happily married.
  • Unfortunately, not all love stories have a happy ending. Sometimes a husband or wife has an affair – they have sex with a different person. We can also say that they are cheating on their husband/wife. The expression “have an affair” is typically used only for married couples, and the expression “cheating on” can be used for married couples or for boyfriends/girlfriends.
Useful Collocations

casual acquaintances: people who you know on a basic level not a significant relationship
strong chemistry : strong compatibility or connection between two possible romantic partners
significant other : their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife
soul mate : that two people are destined to be together
the feeling is not mutual : when the other person doesn’t feel the same way
he’s/she’s just not my type: people of a different type of personality/appearance
unrequited love : Love that is not returned
childhood sweetheart : a boyfriend or girlfriend from your childhood
high school/college sweetheart : a boyfriend or girlfriend from your teenage, or college years
mutual friend : one friend that the two people have in common
proposes to the woman : asks her to marry him
happily married: When the marriage is good
has an affair : have sex with a different person is used only for married couples
cheating on their husband/wife: have sex with a different person is used for married couples or for boyfriends/girlfriends

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