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    Quote Originally Posted by Californication View Post
    I think if you are always at each others places (or living together) and see each other most days, you are partners.

    If you only see someone once or twice a week, then it's boy/girl friend.

    I agree with LH. Partner is in-between BF and Fiancée/DH. A partner isn't someone you've only been seeing for 5 minutes.
    Agreed!

    And if you see them less than once a twice a week I would call them a bed buddy and not much more unless it was work or huge distance keeping them apart

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    I think you become "partnered" when you live together and share finances.

    Until you've reached the point where you're cleaning up after the fella and hearing him snore every night, you're not partnered in the official sense

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    When you are serious enough about each other for the word boyfriend or girlfriend to sound just silly and a mega understatement. I wish there was a better word than partner for people in defacto relationships. If I call my other half my husband he gives me dirty looks. He got married once and it didnt work out so now he hates the idea of marriage. We should totally invent a better word. Spin off thread anyone?

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    DP and I crossed that line when we found out we were expecting a surprise. Mind you I don't call him my partner really, I more call him my other half. Everyone calls him my husband to which one of us will quickly correct. I don't think eitehr of us are at that stage, although we share finances, live together, same goals and have a child. We are probably practically married as it is.

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    They are a partner when you enter a partnership in life with them. bf/bf is just dating but not sharing a life tong term together

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    The only ppl IRL who I know who use the term partner are same sex couple or older divorced ppl who have a partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonhead View Post
    IMO "partner" is one step above girlfriend/boyfriend and a step below fiancee.

    I started calling DH my partner when we were living together and planning a life together. Before that he was just my shag haha.
    My thoughts are along the lines of this

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    I think 'partner' should be used (even though I dislike the word and always correct people when they call my husband my partner) when the boyfriend and girlfriend are adults. I used to always think it was funny when my ex used to refer to his girlfriend as his 'girlfriend' but they were both in their late thirties, sounded a bit juvenile to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonhead View Post
    IMO "partner" is one step above girlfriend/boyfriend and a step below fiancee.

    I started calling DH my partner when we were living together and planning a life together. Before that he was just my shag haha.
    same here. for us it was after 3 days (our second date we had the 'do you want kids? where will you be in 10yrs talk' and from that point we shared finances, and spent most nights together. we were engaged after 3weeks so it was 'fiance' then.
    before that we were friends, who accidentally got drunk one night...

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    Why do married people say partner and not wife or husband? That gets me..
    I thought partner meant adult boyf or girlfriend unmarried.

    Even today a girl i was talking to went to say "MY HU" for husband and then changed to partner.. WhYyyyyyy? Someone please explain it (when married)


 

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