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Copain and copine in English | Copain and copine meaning

M-L

M-L

Does copine mean girlfriend or female buddy/pal? Same question for copain, the masculine version of boyfriend or male buddy/pal?
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Salut M L, Haha yes, two words that confuse many people. They are most often used to describe a school mate or class mate but they can mean boyfriend or girlfriend as well. Often to say boyfriend and girlfriend we will add "petit(e)" in front it, for example: Boyfriend = Petit copain & Girlfriend = Petite copine If ever you are confused simply ask by repeating the sentence but adding petit(e) in front of copain/copine and whoever you are talking to will understand your confusion and explain tout de suite. I hope this helps! - Marie-Claire
SisterLuna--

SisterLuna--

Does Petit ami / Petite amie mean the same thing as Petit copin / Petite copine? I have heard both being used but am not sure what the difference is.
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour SisterLuna, Yes, you can also use "petit ami" and "petite amie" to mean "boyfriend" and "girlfriend". Both are used interchangeably and as often as one another. I hope this helps! - Marie-Claire

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