99 English Phrases to say 'I love you'


When you're learning English, you can find a lot of phrases that seem to mean the same thing, but are a little bit different. It can be really hard to know which phrase you should use. A good example is phrases that you use to tell someone that you love them. There are so many different ways; which one should you use?

Here's how I suggest learning similar phrases:

  1. First, try to figure out which version is the most common or most basic. Learn that one.
  2. Next, just learn other phrases that have similar meanings. Don't worry too much about the differences between them. And don't try to learn too many at a time.
  3. Wait for a while. Use English out in the real world. See which phrases you encounter.
  4. Finally, refine your understanding. Figure out how the phrases are different from each other.

So... let's try it with these phrases for telling someone that you love them. Learn a few, then bookmark this page and come back to it again later.

English "love" phrases

    Honest and heartfelt

    These are things that you can say seriously to the person that you love to let them know how you feel.

  1. "I love you."
  2. "I adore you."
  3. "I'm totally into you."
  4. "I love you from the bottom of my heart."
  5. "You mean so much to me."
  6. "I'm yours."
  7. "You complete me."
  8. "I'm in love with you."
  9. "There is no other."
  10. "You're my ideal woman."

  11. Complimentary

    Use the phrases to make the person you love feel good about themselves.

  12. "You're my Prince Charming."
  13. "You're my angel."
  14. "You're my princess."
  15. "You're incredible."
  16. "You're my baby."
  17. "You're my king."
  18. "You're mine."
  19. "You're amazing."

  20. Persuasive

    If you're trying to convince someone to love you back, you can use these phrases.

  21. "We're perfect for each other."
  22. "We're a good match."
  23. "You can't deny what's between us."
  24. "We're meant for each other."
  25. "We complete each other."

  26. Romantic

    These are the kinds of things that characters in romance novels might say. They can either sound very serious and romantic, or a little silly if you use them in the wrong way.

  27. "I'm infatuated with you."
  28. "You're my lover."
  29. "You're captivating."
  30. "I'm addicted to you."
  31. "You're perfect."
  32. "I've totally fallen for you."

  33. Confessional

    If you're revealing your love to someone for the first time, you might use one of these phrases:

  34. "I've got a thing for you."
  35. "I have feelings for you."
  36. "I feel something for you."
  37. "I'm drawn to you."
  38. "I think of you as more than a friend."
  39. "I've got a crush on you."
  40. "I've had a crush on you for a long time."
  41. "I think I'm in love with you."
  42. "I think you're the one."

  43. Light and Casual

    These phrases express your feelings without being too serious:

  44. "Love ya!"
  45. "We make a good team."
  46. "You're so awesome."
  47. "I'd like for us to get together."

  48. Lustful

    You can use these phrases if you're feeling a bit sexy:

  49. "You've got what I need."
  50. "I want you."
  51. "Let's get it on."
  52. "I must have you."
  53. "You make me burn with desire."
  54. "I'm burning for you."
  55. "I need you."

  56. Over-the-top

    These expressions are too strong to use seriously in most situations. But you can say them as a joke, or maybe write them in a love letter.

  57. "I worship you."
  58. "I'm crazy about you."
  59. "We're soul mates."
  60. "You make me want to be a better man."
  61. "We were meant to be together."
  62. "I can't live without you."
  63. "You're my goddess."
  64. "I can't bear to be apart from you."
  65. "I idolize you."
  66. "You're my everything."

  67. Poetic

    Are you a poet or a writer? Then these phrases might add some variety to your writing:

  68. "I'm smitten with you."
  69. "I yearn for you."
  70. "You turn me inside out."
  71. "You've put a spell on me."
  72. "I'm under your spell."
  73. "My heart calls out for you."
  74. "You make me feel young again."

  75. Old married couple-ish

    People who have been together for a long time use language that is sweet but less passionate.

  76. "You're my sweetie."
  77. "You're my sunshine."
  78. "You're my other half."
  79. "You're my darling."
  80. "I'm devoted to you."

  81. Talking about the relationship

    These phrases are useful for describing the current state of your relationship, or where you want it to go.

  82. "I want to take this slow."
  83. "This is more than a crush."
  84. "I can't get over you."
  85. "I'm ready to take it to the next level."
  86. "I think I wanna have your baby!"

  87. Slangy

    Here are some slang expressions. Not everyone uses these phrases, but some do.

  88. "I'm hooked on you."
  89. "I'm all about you."
  90. "I'm down with you."
  91. "You're my man."
  92. "You're my girl."

  93. Understated

    These don't sound very emotional at all. If you have trouble expressing your emotions, you might say something like this:

  94. "I'm rather partial to you."
  95. "You're not bad."
  96. "I kinda like you."
  97. "I'm fond of you."
  98. "I have a soft spot for you."

  99. Cold and scientific

    These phrases are even less emotional. They're ways to describe your feelings objectively.

  100. "I'm physically attracted to you."
  101. "You are the object of my affection."
  102. "We have a good chemistry."
  103. "I feel affectionate toward you."
  104. "I care for you deeply."

  105. Old-timey

    These expressions are out of fashion now, but you still might hear them from time to time.

  106. "You're my best girl."
  107. "I'm sweet on you."
  108. "Do you want to go steady?"
  109. "Will you go with me?"
  110. "Roses are red; violets are blue; sugar is sweet, and so are you."
  111. "I'm enamored with you."
  112. "I'm mad about you."
  113. "I hereby declare my love and affection toward you."

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