Companion vs. Partner

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Mohole, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Mohole Senior Member

    Hi there,
    I've always found difficult to grasp the difference between companion and partner, especially when referring to a couple.
    For instance, in the following sentence:

    "I'm grateful to my partner(?)/companion(?) for her great support". (I'm referring to my girlfriend, implying that we are not married).

    Which is the best choice in this case? thanks
  2. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    In this context partner carries the right sense of the relationship.
    Companion would sound very odd.
  3. Mohole Senior Member

    Thank you Panjandrum
  4. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    Note that many people have animals, especially dogs, as companions. The American Kennel Club, for example, awards titles to dogs that pass certain tests as "companion dog."

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