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Rahim
girl friend and boy friend when I speak about my friends that they are girl, can I call them, my girlfriend? or is girlfriend just about a lovely relation? and can I have a boyfriend?! ( I'm not gay!! )
Sep 25, 2019 4:54 AM
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“Boyfriend” and “girlfriend” almost always mean “romantic partner.” The only exception I can think of is that, in the U.S., women sometimes refer to their female non-romantic friends as “girlfriends.” But a man in the U.S. would never refer to his non-romantic male friends as “boyfriends” and would not call his non-romantic female friends “girlfriends”.
September 25, 2019
What the others are saying is correct. As a man, you cannot refer to either men or women as girlfriends or boyfriends except as a romantic relationship. A man doesn't have a boyfriend unless he is gay. Rather, he has friends who are men. He has female friends, not girlfriends. This isn't true of women. They can have female friends that they refer to as "girlfriends." But male friends are still not called "boyfriends" unless there is a romantic connection. In the U.S., you have "buddies" or "brothers" -- male friends that you hang out with. Kind of like how, in Australia and Britain, you have "mates." There is no simple way to explain female friends, interestingly. Lol. Maybe because male-female relationships outside of romantic relationships are rare.
September 25, 2019
John is correct. They almost always refer to a romantic/sexual relationship. You could say 'female friends' and 'male friends', as he did.
September 25, 2019
Rahim
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English, Persian (Farsi)
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English