"I love you" and "love you"

posted 12 months ago in Family
Post # 2
7816 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Maybe? It all depends on the context. Are you referring to a specific situation?

Post # 4
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I think it totally depends on context and norms for the people involved. I think I would agree with your fiance that “I love you” is generally more serious and conveys a slightly different intent; it feels like a punctuated moment. “Love you” sort of flows into the surrounding language. It might mean as much, but it’s more camouflaged. Less emphasis.

Post # 5
4103 posts
Honey bee

soexcited123 :  Do you think there is a difference in typing/saying ” I love you” and “love you” to someone?


Post # 7
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It would drive me crazy if someone in my life felt the need to dissect the meaning of my words like this.

Post # 9
6580 posts
Bee Keeper

Is “see you later” different than “I’ll see you later”? 


Post # 10
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

soexcited123 :  I agree with your Fiance. I would say “love you” to a close friend and family but not necessarily “I love you”, as I think the latter sounds more romantic

Post # 11
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I feel like in all of your posts you’re overthinking things having to do with extended family or your fiancés family. My husband says both “love you” and “I love you” to me, so do my other family members. I’ve never once stopped and thought about how it was said..

soexcited123 :  

Post # 12
1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I don’t use the words love you or I love you platonically unless it’s to my parents or in-laws. I use them both interchangeably 

Post # 13
8315 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

soexcited123 :  

Yes, I say ‘love you’ to friends . I also say it to h. but it is  only him I say “I love you”  to. 

Post # 14
754 posts
Busy bee


The ‘I’ in I love you makes all the difference in conviction of that phrase. The person is confirming that their intent specficially. It sounds more romantic and I would personally feel that the person saying that to me is conveying their feelings with an air of vulnerability that is so sexy.

Post # 15
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Linguist here: there’s definitely a difference.  There’s even a difference in meaning between “love you” and “love ya.”

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