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answered Is there a single word meaning 'to grow and flourish'?
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comment Is “must” ever grammatical as a past tense verb?
Must be.... (This doesn't sound past tense to me but I am not 100% sure.)
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comment Is there a word for a non-geek?
technically uninclined
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
@Cerberus Possessive: Is it or is it not your relationship? In relation: Are you in or are you not in a relationship? -- I see your point, I guess it depends on one's approach.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
+0 / -0: I would say that given the commodification of culture (How relationships are presented in the mass media) I can see why one would think that. I can even imagine (rightly or wrongly) cavemen claiming ownership over cavewomen and this trickling down through the ages. I still disagree, Relationships should not be about ownership, but I can imagine, in some places, and for some people, they are. It is unfortunate.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
@Cerberus I would say (After reading all the comments) that 'my girlfriend/boyfridn' denotes possessiveness towards the relationship rather than the person in question.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
Your answer and Skip Huffman answer I would say are the best here. All the other answers provide additional excellent points to consider.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
You know it's weird but I would not object to this as I would see a person who says this to be one, of their free will, giving themselves freely to the other person. It would be up to the other person as to whether or not it is reciprocal. This is good.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
We is great :) After reading some of the other posts saying 'my girlfriend/boyfriend' doesn't seem possessive (if one sees girlfriend as a modifier for the type of relationship) but when it comes to talking about things that are going on I imagine saying 'we' rather than 'I/my' is a healthy way of looking at a relationship.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
OP here ;) I agree with tenfour the detached "the" leaves the question open and unclear as to the availability of the 'other half'. Most all these comments seem to indicate that there is no inherent flaw in saying "My" which solves quite a dilemma. Thank you for entertaining my attempt at 'de'-possessing a person :)
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
Explicitly stating the activities you do with said partner, to me, feels as though it divulges too much information that should not be so generously given to any stranger or passer by. I think it takes some of the magic away. (Like saying, 'voldamore' rather than saying 'he who shall not be named') For a lack of a better example. I do enjoy 'Liz, the love of my life', or 'my better half' if said with honesty.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
I like your compilier, girlfriend/boyfriend no longer becomes an adjective for the partner in question but rather an adjective about the type of relationship which exists between the two involved. A refreshing view, thanks.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
Or shorten it to 'We are exclusive', I like this :), Thanks
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
If I understood the blog correctly the author is saying not to be concern about the possessive nature of 'my' because those who choose to use it in such a way as to indicate superiority over others will be easy to spot. Is this a correct interpretation?
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
Other than understanding the language does it really matter? I would say in general it probably doesn't, but I think there should be an alternative way to indicate that the relationship is based on mutual love and respect rather than possessiveness. I like your alternatives, thank you.
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