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"I love you" is a phrase which is often translated as "te quiero", and "darling" is an adjective which is often translated as "querido". Learn more about the difference between "I love you" and "darling" below.
I love you(
ay
 
luhv
 
yu
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. te quiero
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
I love you no matter what.Te quiero pase lo que pase.
b. te amo
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Saying "I love you" is a big step in a relationship.Decir "te amo" es un momento importante en una relación.
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. los quiero (plural)
You're my parents and I love you but I have to live my own life.Son mis padres y los quiero pero tengo que vivir mi vida.
b. los amo (plural)
I love you with all my heart, my darlings!¡Los amo de todo corazón, queridos!
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darling(
dar
-
lihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (term of endearment)
a. el amor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My darling, would you marry me?Mi amor, ¿te casarías conmigo?
b. el cariño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Darling, what time will you be back home today?Cariño, ¿a qué hora volverás a casa hoy?
2. (favorite)
a. el preferido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la preferida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The actress is the critics' darling.La actriz es la preferida de los críticos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (beloved)
a. querido
This gift is for my darling daughter on her birthday.Este regalo es para mi querida hija en su cumpleaños.
4. (lovely)
a. mono (colloquial)
The baby's room is just darling!¡El cuarto del bebé es tan mono!
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