Can we just be friends? English for relationships

What does your girlfriend really mean when she says, “I just want to be friends”?

To get dumped

If someone breaks up with you, you can say you got dumped.

To split up

This means that two people have separated, without saying who dumped who!

We need to talk

If your partner says this, they want to tell you something serious or give you bad news.

I’ve met someone else

You could say this if you meet someone you are more interested in romantically than your current partner (not just an acquaintance).

I think we should see other people

In this expression, /see/ means “date” or “go out with”.

I need some space

This means that the person needs time alone, or with friends, and not with you!

I need a break

This might mean that the person wants to split up for a short time only, but if you hear this you are probably getting dumped!

I need time to think

This is similar to taking a break, and means the person has to make some important decisions about the relationship.

My life is very complicated right now…

This is another way to say you don’t have time for a relationship, or it might just mean you are not interested in that person.

Let’s just be friends

This probably means that they never want to see you again.