You’ve been hanging out with her for weeks, but now you need some space. Here’s how to make it happen.

THE WEEKEND
You’re double booked

No SMSing. Once your other plans have been made, call her to cancel. If your plans involve a woman, be vague, but not suspiciously so. Say you were suckered into doing a favour for a friend and you’ll make it up to her.

IN THE MOMENT
She sees you with someone else

If you’re fenced in, introduce the women, but avoid using titles (not even “this is my friend”). Ease in a see-you-soon sign-off. Yes, it’s awkward, but it’s worse if you’ve led her on and lied about what you’re doing. Be prepared, unless you was clear you weren’t exclusive, she’s going to be pissed.

FOREVER
You’re ready to move on

Real men don’t let things fizzle. Tell her how it is, but keep it brief. Meet her for coffee (order an espresso), tell her she’s great, but you’re interested in meeting other people. Pay the bill and bounce.