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As in the title, how to say in French to a mid-20 year old French girl, literally and culturally, "are you girl still single so I can ask you out ?".

"Es-tu disponible?", "Tu es célibataire?" seem awkward, for me.

Will there be any difference if we have known each other several weeks and if we have just met ?

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    T'as quelqu'un dans ta vie ? – Laure Apr 15 '17 at 7:58
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Perhaps, any awkwardness you might feel towards "célibataire" comes from "celibate" being related to religious beliefs in English? As far as I know, there is no stigma or negative connotation attached to "célibataire".

I have used "Êtes-vous célibataire ?" a couple of times myself in the not-really-trying-to-ask-them-out-but-rather-out-of-curiosity context, and without any problem.

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    Célibataire implies being "not married", i.e. With the fast decline of the marital union you can be célibataire and yet involved in a relationship. – Laure Apr 15 '17 at 18:36
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    @Laure In my experience, célibataire means not involved in a relationship (either married, juste couple, etc.). Another translation possible is "Es-tu en couple" ? – Larme Apr 18 '17 at 9:35
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    @Larme In France célibataire is still felt as having taken no official union, you can être en couple (which is indeed a very good phrase for what OP wants) - and still be célibataire.... – Laure Apr 18 '17 at 9:41
  • @Larme You're right, if you are célibataire, it means that you are not engaged in a relationship. So you cannot be at the same time en couple and célibataire. – Grégoire C Oct 28 '17 at 8:38

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