People often fall into the friend-zone because they are afraid that asking certain questions will make the other party uncomfortable or ruin their chances. Realistically, inquiring if you’re on the same page as someone else will only make them uncomfortable if they don’t feel the same way and in that case you wont wasting anymore time fantasizing or wondering what could be.
How is anyone going to know how you feel if you don’t speak up for yourself? Closed mouths don’t get fed so you have to voice your opinion. People usually get friend zoned when they are not aggressive enough, don’t get handsy, but let your feelings be known so that the other person can decide how they feel about you.
Sometimes we already know when someone just doesn’t like us romantically. Its not that hard to read people so don’t avoid the signs. If you flirt and they seem uncomfortable or if you invite them out one on one and they are always doing something else or don’t seem too excited by the idea, just be friends!