When someone you're interested in wants to hang out, it's not always clear whether it's an actual DATE . . . or just something casual. So we've got a list of five different situations, and whether they mean date . . . or hang out.
1. They Ask You Out on a Whim. When someone wants to take you out on a date, they usually have a plan in mind, and ask if you want to do something specific on a certain day at a set time. If they ask you that same AFTERNOON if you want to grab coffee later, it's probably just a casual invite to hang out. They either see you as a friend, or they want to get to know you better first. So it's POSSIBLY a date . . . but not likely.
2. They Seem Nervous. If someone seems nervous when they're asking you out, it means they're scared of being rejected . . . because they see some real potential. And that's a good thing, so it's PROBABLY a date.
3. He Calls You "Dude". A guy who calls you "dude" is offering an important clue about his feelings for you: It means he thinks of you as 'one of the guys,' and not a potential girlfriend. So it's probably NOT a date.
4. He Doesn't Offer to Pay, or Agrees to Split the Check. This is simple: When a guy is interested in becoming more than friends, he will ALWAYS pick up the check. If he doesn't, it's NOT a date.
5. They Ask You A Lot of Questions. If you're out with someone who asks a ton of questions, chances are they're trying to get to know you better, and figure out if you're someone they'd want to date. So that's a GOOD sign. (Match.com)