Had been dating as friend
If your intention is to get to know the other person for a possible romantic partnership, you're on a date.The act of getting to know one another is called dating. And how do other people get to know one another before committing, having casual sex, or something else?It's easy, pretty much every knows what that means, and if for some reason they're confused, I say, "You know Carrie in Sex in the City?I'm like her, but she wrote for the Post and I wrote for the Times." People nod, and then ask me whatever pressing dating questions they have.
I'm just saying let's call dating what it actually is, and then everything else, well, whatever it actually is.
This is something that we all know instinctively, whether or not we admit it to ourselves in the face of a failed relationship.
Trying to be "friends" is a recently-dumped female's way of saying "I am not ready to let go." However, in some occasions, the male ending the relationship will suggest it.
Oh, and also, most importantly: the "just friends" thing will be especially workable because my future girlfriend or wife will be overjoyed that I am still great friends with an ex.
Women never get jealous of one another - you and she will probably be close friends someday. So if a guy dumps you and says "let's just be friends," or suggests that you stay in touch, recognize that what he really means is one of the three numbered statements above, or some combination of the three.