As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of pseudo-relationships you can be in that aren't real, bonafide relationships: You're either "hooking up" (casual booty calls, probably not going anywhere) or you're "dating" (going on dates, getting to know each other, hopefully going somewhere).
I would say my boyfriend and I were "dating" long before we were in a relationship.
I tried to say they were "dating." Someone else said they weren't dating because they weren't exclusive.
Then someone say if someone asks if you've been "dating" that guy you've been with the past couple of months?!
Just as with the courting couple, the parents of the dating couple should be involved in the relationship, getting to know their child’s companion and being a source of wise and discerning advice and guidance for both of them.
Of course, the courtship style presents its own set of difficulties.
Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the "hooking up" and "dating" stages.
But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.
But if I'm dating someone in the present tense, that's probably someone who I'm hooking up with exclusively and seeing regularly, but we don't have the label yet.
I wouldn't refer to a current boyfriend as 'the guy I'm dating.' Past tense is used more loosely.
Then he asked me to be his girlfriend, and boom: We were in a real relationship.