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February 28th, 2018


tavia_d in hp_britglish

About dating

Hi everyone!
I'm beta-reading a Harry/Draco fic and I'm having some trouble with the differences between the meaning of dating in BrE and AmE.

I know that in BrE date is: A date is an appointment to meet someone or go out with them, especially someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship. If you have a date with someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship, you can refer to that person as your date.

In AmE date is: an appointment for a set time, esp. one for a social engagement with a person of the opposite sex (no romantic relationship or sexual interest - or at least not on the first few dates).

And now my question.
In AmE Cho was Harry's date. But there was no romantic involvement between them. They just kissed once and it was awkward at best. So in BrE you can't call Cho Harry's date. What do you call her? How can you call Harry and Cho's .... whatever it was?

Thank you so much for all your help.