LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/JUN/2009 1:36 AM|
|Assunto:||Hang out vs Go out|
I was so caught up with "to hang out" that I didn't touch "to go out".
"To go out" means to leave one's home and go to another place, usually with the purpose of having fun, conversation, etc. Often (often, not always) it means "namorar" or "to date" if the speaker is referring to a boy and a girl, a man and a woman..
I have been going out with her for two years. We plan to marry some day. (Obviously the speaker is talking about dating.)
He went out with his friends. (Obviously the speaker is NOT talking about dating. He went somewhere with some of his friends. Maybe they went to a bar, a baseball game, etc.)
Would you like to go out sometime? (If I am a male talking to a female or a female talking to a male, I am probably talking about a date. If not, then it's probably something other than a date.)
Note that "to hang out" is most definitely not a synonym of "to go out". The concepts are quite different. By the way, if I (a man) ask a woman if she wants to hang out, it's not necessarily a date. Quite possibly it would be just two friends going somewhere or doing something together.
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