“Sweetie, can I ask you something?”
Your boyfriend has been acting strangely recently. You want to have a serious talk with him to find out why. You start the conversation this way.
Sweetie, can I ask you something?
"Sweetie" is a name that you can call someone. Here are some examples of who calls who "sweetie":
- Mothers can call their children "sweetie"
- A father can call his daughters "sweetie", but probably not his sons.
- Teachers might call their students "sweetie" if the students are very young, like 8 years old or lower.
- Some gay men call their friends and various other people "sweetie".
- Some older women call anyone younger than them "sweetie", even strangers.
- You can call your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife "sweetie".
When you need to ask someone a question that's important, complicated, or might make them upset, you first ask:
Can I ask you something?
Can I ask you a question?
Of course, this is already a question, so sometimes when you ask someone "Can I ask you a question?" they will respond:
You just did!
This is supposed to be a joke. Do you get the joke?