says copain/copine (s) can refer to regular friends or Significant Others.

Then all the sentences I had to do kept making me think people were in some poly lifestyle.

No Duolingo, he did not go to the cinema with his FRIENDS, he went with his partners!

I for one support this imaginary person taking all their partners to these events.

Anyway, is it usually clear when copain is more than just friends?

@lapis Yes. « Copain/copine » (singular) usually means "partner" while « copains/copines » (plural) usually means "friends".

However, in a context involving children, « copain/copine » only means "friend". When a child talks about their copain, they are talking about their friend.

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