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12 Men Reveal How They Go From Hooking Up To Using The Word 'Girlfriend'

So you're in that ambiguous stage of dating where you're hanging out, having a good time and making out a lot, but like... what are you guys, right?

You really like this person and are ready to make the ultimate commitment — well, no, not that one. But the one where you guys exclusively make out only with each other and get the two-for-$20 deal at Applebee's on Friday nights.

So how do you make that transition from casual dating to ~boyfriend and girlfriend~?

Or, more specifically, how do heterosexual men make that transition because, as it's been for the past thousand years, it's really their opinions that appear to matter the most.

Luckily, Reddit once again came through with men's advice in a thread asking this very question. The overall consensus? Just ask her, you dingus!

1. Huh. This guy might be onto something with the whole communicating-with-your-partner idea.

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2. Although, this guy points out it's not a bad idea to take things slow before bringing up the G-word.

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3. This guy apparently just has good sh*t happen to him without trying.

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4. He went for the presumption approach, and luckily Sally took it in stride.

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5. Here's another man banking on mutual assumption.

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6. But this guy thinks going out of your way to ask could score you some bonus points.

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7. And here's someone who thinks it's not official until it gets said out loud.

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8. This guy can't keep up with all the ladies who want to lock him down.

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9. He says explicit communication is for teenagers.

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10. But this guy has a tradition, and he's sticking to it.

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11. I mean, yeah, a child would probably indicate some sort of commitment, at least.

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12. But seriously, men folk, when it doubt, just ask!

Comment from discussion When dating, do you specifically ask a girl to be your girlfriend, or do you just phase into being a couple?.