I usually say , " can I take you out?" which 99% of the time results in " I have a boyfriend/ am married"
Or the girl says yes , after which I number close-then of course she flakes.
Now when I'm indirect, " let's get coffee sometime" she says yes, but when I'm on the coffee "date" and I try to make my move- I get rejection " I didn't know you wanted that"
so what is the strategy? Being indirect gets me friend zoned many times, but being straight leads to rejection.