7 responses to 'I love you' that aren't 'I love you too,' ranked.

7 responses to 'I love you' that aren't 'I love you too,' ranked.
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The phrase "I love you" is a problem. It is our deepest expression of affection, but it is also a trap. Once it's out there, the clock starts ticking for the "I love you too," or the relationship will choke on the words like a toddler eating a steak.

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You could just say it back without meaning it, but that's a hard one to keep up unless you're a complete sociopath. Giving an alternate response could buy you some time before being shot straight to the center of commitment town. It's a risky play, but here are seven alt responses to "I love you," ranked from best to worst.

1. "Ditto."

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Swayze was kind of a douche for saying this, but it is the closest thing to what they want to hear, and worked well enough to hold on to a dime like Demi Moore.

2. "Thank you."

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When Emily said it to Ross it sucked, but that's cause she was always kind of a bitch. You're not a bitch, right? Saying thank you at least acknowledges and accepts the love. Look them in the eyes when you say it and follow immediately with sex.

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3. "You're not too bad, yourself."

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This MIGHT work if you treat the whole situation casual as hell, as though they said, "You bought the tickets ahead of time? I love you!"

4. "Why?"

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Distract distract distract. You could turn the convo by the time they're done answering questions, and maybe your insecurity will make them rethink the whole thing.

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5. "I know."

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If you're confident enough to say this with a smile, that's probably why they love you to begin with. Even though you're an asshole.

6. "I'm sorry (ha ha ha)!"

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Hey, you're self deprecating! And for that reason it is both a joke and a sincere apology. It's the wink of responses.

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7. "Shit."

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For Rihanna's use only.

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