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Hi,

Can I use these words with simple tense in the following sentences?

1.They dated each other for a period of time last year.

2.They saw each other for a period of time last year.
('Saw' means having a romantic relationship with someone.)

Thanks a lot.
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Anonymous
Could you help me check if 'see' (to mean 'date') can be used with simple present tense as in

"Do you and Peter see each other?"

No, not in the dating sense. To me, this is just asking whether they ever meet.
Anonymous
Or should we say

"Are you and Peter seeing each other?"

Yes, this can have the dating sense.
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The first sentence is correct but I think I would say: They dated for a/some time last year. See doesn't mean to date, but you could say: They went steady for a while last year, for example.

CB
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Hi CB,

I am confused about your answer about 'see'.

Why does 'see' not mean 'date'?

Doesn't see mean 'date' in my sentence?

Thanks.
<< 2.They saw each other for a period of time last year.
('Saw' means having a romantic relationship with someone.) >>
Cool Breeze See doesn't mean to date, but you could say: They went steady for a while last year, for example.
Hi, CB,
I've heard this usage all my life in the US. Admittedly, it's more common in the continuous. (I hope I didn't misunderstand you.)

Best regards, - A.

Also in the UK we use "see" informally to mean date.

Though, per Avangi, it would more usual for #2 to be "They were seeing each other for a period of time last year."
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Mr WordyAlso in the UK we use "see" informally to mean date.

Though, per Avangi, it would more usual for #2 to be "They were seeing each other for a period of time last year."

Hello Mr Wordy & Avangi

My apologies for giving incorrect information. Emotion: embarrassed I stand corrected.

CB
Hi Avangi and Mr Wordy,

Thank you very much.

"They saw each other for a period of time last year."

Is the 'saw' not correct and should we say "were seeing" here?

Thanks.
Anonymous
"They saw each other for a period of time last year."

Is the 'saw' not correct and should we say "were seeing" here?


To me, "saw" is not actually wrong -- it's just that "were seeing" seems more likely.
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AnonymousThey saw each other for a period of time last year.
My two cents.

As soon as I read this I took it to mean They dated each other.... I didn't even need to read the note about "a romantic relationship". It sounds fine to me exactly as it is, though I would have used the less formal "for a while" instead of "for a period of time".

I think I was concentrating on the heart of the question, which was whether the simple past tense can be used to portray on-going actions, and the answer is 'yes'. My favorite (and all-too-often-quoted) example is Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

CJ
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