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Hi there,

I did French for couple of years but I'm still very confused between 2 phrases.
One is - je t'aime and the other one je t'adore.

I know what they mean in literal sense, like one is I love you and the other I adore you.

My question is - which one is stronger out of the two in French?
I am asking because I want to propose to my partner who i love to pieces and she is a French speaker so I want to say it in French.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks
Andrew

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Hello Andrew,

If at the beginning "adore" sounded stronger than "aimer", now in everyday life it is the contrary.

"je t'aime" is used by lovers.
When I say "je t'adore" it is a spontaneous expression for someone who helped me, pleased me or surprized me.
For instance, my best friend offered me tickets for a great concert :
"oh ! super! je t'adore"

My husband did the washing up :
"je t'adore mon chéri".

I think you should use "je t'aime" which is the most classical but the more appropriate word for you.

I hope this helps

Cheers

Caro

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