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Autor:  Dale-USA
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  14/ABR/2011 5:08 PM
Assunto:  "Ask out on a date"
 
Mensagem:  It means you have plans to spend time with a member of the opposite sex.  It could be a movie, a dinner, etc.  It is implied that the meeting is possibly romantic.

If you are going to be with members of your sex (or if you are going out with a member of the opposite sex but it is not remotely romantic), you not use "date" but would give a little information that would explain your plans. 
"I"m going to play poker with the guys."
"I'm going to hit some bars with a buddy."
"I'm going to see a movie with Jack."
"Tomorrow night I'm having dinner with my friend Susan."  (The implication is that there is not a romantic relationship between you.)

The odd thing is that it's common to say "It's a date" (meaning "I accept your invitation") even when talking to members of the same sex.  For example:
"Bruno, how about some lunch tomorrow?  Say, around one?"
"It's a date!  I need to be back at the office before 3:30 PM.  Is that okay?"


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
"Ask out on a date"  –  BrunoGaspar-  14/ABR/2011, 3:25 PM
 "Ask out on a date"  –  Dale-USA  14/ABR/2011, 5:08 PM
"Ask out on a date"  –  BrunoGaspar.  14/ABR/2011, 10:17 PM
"Ask out on a date"  –  Dale-USA  14/ABR/2011, 10:32 PM
"Ask out on a date"  –  BrunoGaspar.  14/ABR/2011, 10:35 PM
"Ask out on a date"  –  Dale-USA  14/ABR/2011, 11:49 PM
"Ask out on a date"  –  Dale-USA  15/ABR/2011, 2:08 AM
"Ask out on a date"  –  BrunoGaspar  15/ABR/2011, 6:59 AM
"Ask out on a date"  –  Dale-USA  15/ABR/2011, 12:37 PM

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