The only statement that truly conveys deeper feelings than “I love you” is “I love you so much.”
People only tell each other “I love you so much” when “I love you” doesn’t adequately express their emotions.
So, if someone says, “I love you so much” to you, you may feel that you have been put under an awful lot of pressure to respond the right way.
Don’t worry though. It is always hard to know what to say in emotionally charged situations, even if you know exactly how you feel. This handy guide will walk you through how to respond to “I love you so much” in any situation.
29 ways to respond to “I love you so much”
- I love you so much too.
- I love you more.
- I love you to the moon and back.
- There is no limit to my love for you.
- My love for you knows no bounds.
- I’ve never felt this way about anyone before.
- You know that you are the love of my life, right?
- I love you more than life itself.
- There are no words to express how much I love you.
- I love you more than you will ever know.
- Do you really? I feel exactly the same way about you.
- You make me so happy; I don’t even know what to say except that I love you so much too.
- How did I get so lucky? I love you too.
- I love you too. It’s you and me against the world.
- That means the world to me. I love you so much too.
- I thought you’d never say it!
- Hearing you say those words fills me with happiness. I feel exactly the same way.
- I’m so glad I walked into that bar when I did. Our love story is my favorite love story.
- I’ll never forget this moment. I love you so much too.
- I care about you so much, but I don’t think I’m still in love you.
- I will always love you, but I must tell you that my feelings for you have changed.
- Our relationship will always be special to me, but I’m not in love with you anymore.
- I don’t want to hurt you, but I don’t feel that way about you.
- I’m so sorry, but my feelings are not what they used to be.
- I love you so much, my dear friend.
- I love you endlessly. Thank you for always giving me such steadfast support.
- I love you so, so, so much. Thanks for everything you do for me.
- I love you thiiiiis much!
- My dear sister, I love you so very much too.
How to respond to “I love you so much” if you feel the same way
If you are overcome with love for someone and they say, “I love you so much” to you, you have every reason to feel over the moon with happiness.
However, just because you are getting everything you ever wanted doesn’t mean you will necessarily know how to react.
The most important thing is that you communicate that you feel the same way. Do this however feels most comfortable to you. Here are a few ways you can respond to “I love you so much” to let the person you love know how you feel.
1. I love you so much too.
Why overcomplicate things when you could keep them simple? Less is often more when it comes to responding to expressions of affection.
If someone tells you they love you so much and you feel exactly the same, why not just tell them you love them so much too?
2. I love you more.
If you are the competitive type or just want to express that however much the person you are in love with cares about you, you care more, then you can respond to “I love you so much” with “I love you more.”
This playful response sends the message that you are just as invested in the relationship as your partner is.
3. I love you to the moon and back.
This sweet response to “I love you so much” is a throwback to the ways we express love for the people in our lives in childhood.
By saying you love your partner to the moon and back, you are telling them that you love them an unquantifiable amount. No one who is in love doesn’t want to hear this!
4. There is no limit to my love for you.
Since “I love you so much” is a way of expressing an amount of love that surpasses the usual amount of love people feel for each other, it is a statement that raises questions about how we quantify love.
So, in keeping with this theme, why not respond to “I love you so much” by telling your partner there is no limit to your love for them?
Ultimately, saying there is no limit to your love for someone is a kind of love trump card––how can they top an infinite amount of love? If you and your partner like to partake in flirty, competitive banter, this is the response for you.
5. My love for you knows no bounds.
This response is another way of telling your partner that while they might “love you so much,” your love for them is unlimited.
Saying your love for someone knows no bounds means that you would do absolutely anything for them. In a way, it is the ultimate expression of commitment because you are saying there is no line you wouldn’t cross if they needed you to.
6. I’ve never felt this way about anyone before.
If you want to tell someone you love them, but don’t want to say something as seemingly mundane as “I love you too,” why not tell your partner how your feelings for them compare to the feelings you’ve had in the past.
Telling someone you’ve never felt about anyone the way you feel about them is a ringing endorsement of your relationship and a clear demonstration of the happiness they bring you.
7. You know that you are the love of my life, right?
Most of us will fall in love a few times throughout the course of our lives. Only one of those people will be the love of our lives.
Whether you believe in soulmates or not, you surely believe that there is one relationship that stands apart from the rest.
This relationship will always have a special place in your heart, whether it is with your first love or with the person you end up marrying.
Telling someone they are the love of your life is possibly the strongest endorsement of your relationship that it is possible to give.
8. I love you more than life itself.
Telling someone that you love them more than life itself suggests that you are currently in that famous “crazy in love” phase of the relationship.
We all know that if you don’t do or say insane things because you’re in love, you aren’t doing it right.
9. There are no words to express how much I love you.
If you find yourself dumbstruck by your partner telling you they love you so much, you can tell them that you aren’t capable to putting into words just how much you love them.
10. I love you more than you will ever know.
If you love someone and they tell you that they love you so much, you may be at a loss for words.
You may find yourself overcome by the urge to express just how much you love your partner but feel unsure about just how to do this. Telling them you love more than they will ever know is a good way to get across to them that you are experiencing extremely intense feelings of affection.
How to respond to “I love you so much” for the first time
It is always a big deal when someone says I love you for the first time in a relationship. It is an even bigger deal when they say the L-word for the first time by saying, “I love you so much.”
If your partner first tells you they love you by saying, “I love you so much,” you may wonder why they’ve started your expressions of love for each other with such a high-stakes phrase.
Usually, the answer is that they were overcome with emotion and didn’t feel like a simple “I love you” would accurately capture the extent of their feelings for you. Take it as a huge compliment!
Even if you’re happy to hear your partner say, “I love you so much” the first time they say the L-word to you, it can be intimidating. Here are some foolproof ways to respond.
11. Do you really? I feel exactly the same way about you.
Being told by someone that they love you for the first time is always a little surprising, no matter how well you might have known that they felt this way.
If you weren’t expecting your partner to tell you that they love you and your predominant emotion is amazement, you don’t have to hide your surprise. Why not respond organically by asking, “Do you really?” before telling your partner that you feel exactly the same.
12. You make me so happy; I don’t even know what to say except that I love you so much too.
When someone says “I love you” for the first time, it is an opportunity for both people in a partnership to reveal their feelings and to check in with each other about how the relationship is going.
You can use the opportunity presented by your partner’s expression of love to tell them how happy they make you.
13. How did I get so lucky? I love you too.
One of the great unfairnesses in life is that some people end up with caring, sweet and exciting partners, while others waste their time with someone who leads them on before telling them “I’m not ready for a relationship.”
So, if you have managed to land one of the good ones and they tell you they love you the first time by saying, “I love you so much,” you could show your appreciation for their character by responding, “How did I get so lucky?”
This clearly shows you partner how highly you value them.
14. I love you too. It’s you and me against the world.
The two most important elements of a response to “I love you so much” are a reciprocation of “I love you” and a unique way of expressing affection about your relationship.
This can take many forms. One way to express care for a partner who has told you they love you so much is to say, “It’s you and me against the world.” This conveys to them that you see the two of you as a team, and that your loyalty to them surpasses all your other commitments.
15. That means the world to me. I love you so much too.
This response to “I love you so much,” puts the emphasis on telling your partner just how important they are to you.
Telling someone they mean the world to you is another way of letting them know that they are your top priority.
16. I thought you’d never say it!
If you have been together with someone for a long time and they have only now told you that they love you, you may want to express to them that you thought they would never say the L-word.
This response is only appropriate if you feel completely comfortable with you partner and if they won’t mind that your response to being told you are loved is to rib them a little.
17. Hearing you say those words fills me with happiness. I feel exactly the same way.
Regardless of how sure we may feel that someone feels the same way about us as we do about them, hearing the our decision to tell our partner we love them has filled their them with happiness is a great feeling. Why not give this to your partner?
Adding that you feel exactly the same way they do will surely put a smile on their face.
18. I’m so glad I walked into that bar when I did. Our love story is my favorite love story.
Telling your partner that the love story you share is your favorite love story will make the moment they first expressed their love to you all the more memorable.
19. I’ll never forget this moment. I love you so much too.
We often talk about social media being a highlight reel.
While we may manage to capture many the more picturesque parts of our life to post online, some of the true highlights we experience cannot be accurately depicted in an Instagram story.
Some moments, like the first time a partner tells us they love us, we have to remember without any physical evidence.
That said, telling someone you will never forget a moment while it is happening can make it stand out for both of you as one of the true highlights of your life.
How to respond to “I love you so much” when you aren’t in love anymore
It is never easy to respond to “I love you” when you don’t feel the same. But it’s even worse to do so when the person expressing their feelings for you is not just saying, “I love you” but is telling you they “love you so much.”
All of this is made even more painful in situations where you used to love the person you’re speaking to and have now fallen out of love with them.
The main thing to remember when responding to “I love you so much” when you aren’t in love anymore is to show compassion for the pain your partner may feel when they learn you have fallen out of love.
That said, being clear and truthful is the most compassionate way forward. Don’t leave your partner in doubt about how you feel just to avoid having to have a tricky conversation.
While they may be hurt by your honesty in the short term, they will be grateful to you in the long term for not wasting their time.
Here are several ways you could respond to “I love you so much” when you aren’t in love anymore.
20. I care about you so much, but I don’t think I’m still in love you.
This response is clear and to the point. It is kind and loving because it tells your partner how much you care about them, but it also lets them know that you no longer have the same romantic feelings for them that you used to.
If saying these words feels hard, know that responding to “I love you” when the feelings aren’t mutual is always really difficult.
As when you are responding to “I love you” when you are not ready or are responding to “I love you” when you aren’t sure how you feel, responding to “I love so much” when you’ve fallen out of love takes a lot of tact.
21. I will always love you, but I must tell you that my feelings for you have changed.
This is another straightforward response to “I love you so much” that lets your partner know exactly where you stand.
There is no need to say any more than this, and your partner may appreciate you keeping your response brief so that they don’t have to listen to you reject them for too long.
22. Our relationship will always be special to me, but I’m not in love with you anymore.
Telling someone that your relationship will always be special to you is a surefire way to let them know how much you value the time you have spent together.
Saying clearly that you aren’t in love anymore lets your partner know exactly where you are at emotionally and allows them to make an informed decision about how to move forward.
23. I don’t want to hurt you, but I don’t feel that way about you.
Expressing that you don’t want to hurt someone is just another way of saying that you care about them.
However, sometimes we have to hurt people, no matter how much we would rather not.
Telling someone you don’t feel the same way about them than they do about you will sting, but your partner will understand that you mean well and are only trying to do what is best for both of you.
24. I’m so sorry, but my feelings are not what they used to be.
Telling someone that your feelings are not what they used to be lets them know that in the past, your feelings of love were real.
Often, when a relationship ends, one party feels devastatingly confused because they can remember all the nice things their ex-partner said to them and are left questioning whether they really meant any of it.
By assuring someone that your feelings used to be different, you’re relieving them of hours spent wondering whether you ever really loved them.
How to respond to “I love you so much” from a friend or family member
Romantic love is not the only kind of love out there. Most of us love our friends and our family members just as much as we love our partners.
Admittedly, platonic love is a very different feeling than intimate love, but that doesn’t mean it is any less special.
One of the virtues of platonic love is that you don’t have to worry about the person you love finding you attractive. Instead, you can focus on the connection that exists between you as people. However, even platonic love needs tending to!
If you’re never quite sure what to say when a sibling, cousin, or BFF tells you they love you so much, this next part of the guide is for you.
25. I love you so much, my dear friend.
This is a straightforward response to a platonic “I love you so much,” that avoids any ambiguity that might arise about whether there is any romantic feeling between the two of you.
This way of telling someone you love them places them firmly in the friend zone while still expressing deep affection for them.
26. I love you endlessly. Thank you for always giving me such steadfast support.
If someone tells you they “love you so much” in a platonic way as a means of offering support or cheering you up, you can tell them that you love them endlessly and thank them for all the support they give you.
27. I love you so, so, so much. Thanks for everything you do for me.
One of the wonderful things about friendship is that to show each other how much we value one another, we like to help each other out.
If your friend is moving, you will probably offer to help them lift boxes down the stairs. If your friend is having a health scare, you will want to be there in the waiting room holding their hand.
If a friend of yours has been helping you through a tough time recently and tells you that they love you so much, this is the perfect opportunity to thank them for everything they do for you.
28. I love you thiiiiis much!
This cute response to a platonic “I love you so much” is best paired with either the gesture of spreading your arms out as wide as you can, or a 🤗emoji if you are writing to each other over text.
This also makes a cute response to a comment on a social media post.
29. My dear sister, I love you so very much too.
If a family member tells you they love you so much, you can simply respond with “My dear [insert relationship], I love you so very much too.”
Platonic communications of love can often be a little more cutesy than romantic ones, which tend to be more sincere. Take full advantage of the opportunity to be a little bit silly with your siblings and reserve your serious face for the moments when, for example, you have to decide how to respond when a guy saying he misses you.
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