Does ‘copine/copain’ suggest a less serious relationship than partenaire and does ‘êtres chers’ work for loved ones? Thanks
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
Just to add to what has already been said :
copain/copine = friend
compagnon /compagne = partner
I hear this a lot to describe someone you live with but are not legally married to.
- see the accompanying page as it can be a host of things!
petit/e ami/e = boy/girlfriend
Un être cher = a being who is dear to you ( être here is a noun not the verb)
In the text one of the accepted answers was -
Hope this helps!
Copine/copain -- buddy, friend, pal, mate, etc. It doesn't normally have a romantic meaning.Partenaire -- partner. This is very similar in meaning to it's English version. Depending on context, it can be modified to be more specific, e.g., partenaire de danse, partenaire commercial, etc.
Être cher -- to be dear.Elle m'est chère. -- She is dear to me.
Just to add to Chris's comment -- an elderly French gentleman once introduced his wife to me as his copine. This was in the Midi, south of Toulouse so maybe there are regional differences in usage?
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