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    unrequited love

    If I love a girl, but she does not love me. I can call my love "unrequited love". But if I love her, but she has not idea that I love her because I have never revealed my feelings for her. Can we say that this is also "unrequited love"?

    And, in the latter case, how can I say it using a verb? For example, can I say something like "I love her secretly"? What is the most common expression?

    Thanks.
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    Re: unrequited love

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    If I love a girl, but she does not love me. I can call my love "unrequited love". But if I love her, but she has not idea that I love her because I have never revealed my feelings for her. Can we say that this is also "unrequited love"?

    And, in the latter case, how can I say it using a verb? For example, can I say something like "I love her secretly"? What is the most common expression?

    Thanks.
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    Hmm. Great question! From literature, notably the 16th century, poets and writers used the word 'unrequited' to refer to feelings of love they had for another that had not been reciprocated. In some cases, the object of the poets' or writers' affection (the women) were unaware that someone was in love with them "from afar".

    Hope that helps.

    All the best,

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    Re: unrequited love

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Hmm. Great question! From literature, notably the 16th century, poets and writers used the word 'unrequited' to refer to feelings of love they had for another that had not been reciprocated. In some cases, the object of the poets' or writers' affection (the women) were unaware that someone was in love with them "from afar".

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks, Casiopea. So, can I say something like "I have unrequited love for her"? What is the most common expression?
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    'My love for her is unrequited' works.

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    What about " I am carrying a torch for her. " :wink:

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    I haven't heard that in quite a while, like 'taking a shine to someone'.

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