LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/ABR/2011 5:08 PM|
|Assunto:||"Ask out on a date"|
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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