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Q: Some women feel that a guy paying for the first date he has alternative motive, is it okay to pay for the first date?

A: Yes, there is no reason why you shouldn’t. However, I believe that the first meeting should be a short meet-n-greet just in order to get to know the person. 20 minutes over coffee and you can offer to purchase her drink or let her pay herself if she wishes. Once you decide you would like to get to know each other better, by all means pay for dinner. If you ask her to go dutch, most women will take that unspoken gesture as a means that it was a platonic get together. Friends split the tab, not romantic encounters. If for some reason she feels uncomfortable with you paying for dinner you can suggest she leaves the tip.

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Tara Richter
Tara Richter is an Internet Dating Coach in Tampa Bay. She is the author of “The Dating Jungle Series” and an Internet TV Show Host.