Can I say "Are you a spare girl?"

Can I say "Are you a spare girl?" to know whether she is being loved (used)?

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  • I've never heard (or read) spare used in that way. No dictionary lists this sense. So I don't believe anyone would understand what you meant by the question.

    The most likely context for the phrase a spare girl is a situation where there are supposed to be equal numbers of boys and girls, but there's one girl too many.

    It might also be suitable when there are twelve girls assembled for a eleven-person team — except that we normally use other terms such as reserve. Cricket speaks of a twelfth man, so I suppose we could say twelfth girl.

    A girl who is of marriageable age but not married is a single girl. To cover a wider range, we may speak of a girl as being unattached.

    However, I don't think it would be socially acceptable to ask 'Are you single?' or Are you unattached? Depending on how well you know the young woman, you might ask 'Are you married?' or 'Do you have a partner?' or 'Are you in a relationship?'

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