COUPLE vs. PARTNER
COUPLE vs. PARTNER: meaning and examples
Today we will look at two more words (both nouns) that often cause confusion amongst English students; the nouns are couple and partner.
Couple means: two people who are involved in a romantic relationship, they may or may not be married.
Partner means: someone who you live with and have a sexual relationship with.
Notice that partner refers to ONE person and couple refers to TWO people. Consider the following examples.
John and Mary have been dating for a long time. They really make a great couple.
John has been Mary's partner for a long time.
Example 1 focuses on both John and Mary (as a couple) and Example 2 focuses only on John (as the partner of Mary)
Both couple and partner have other meanings (for example, partner is also used in business contexts to mean "one of 2 or more people who owns a company". However, today we have only focused on the meanings related to romantic relationships.
Enjoy the rest of your day, and try to stay warm.