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    To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if either choice was used more commonly, as my dictionary says 'to' is an old-fashioned usage. Also, I've read somewhere 'with' may bring more equality to mind as it may suggest sort of 'mutual' relationship.

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    I was wondering if either choice was used more commonly, as my dictionary says 'to' is an old-fashioned usage. Also, I've read somewhere 'with' may bring more equality to mind as it may suggest sort of 'mutual' relationship.
    I don't consider "make love to" to be old-fashioned. As far as equality goes, each person is making love to the other. That seems pretty equal to me.

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Thanks. Then, how about the imperative form? Can somebody ask another person to make love with them?

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks. Then, how about the imperative form? Can somebody ask another person to make love with them?
    I suppose someone could, but I think "to" would be more common.

    Incidentally, is your dictionary a "Collins"?

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Thanks again.

    I have both CALD and Longman, but this came from Cambridge Dictionary:

    make love to sb old use to speak romantically and give attention to someone, especially in order to make them love you
    Mr Jackson, I do believe you are making love to me.


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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Ah. Well that​ meaning of "make love to" is old fashioned. It now means "to have sex with."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks again.

    I have both CALD and Longman, but this came from Cambridge Dictionary:

    make love to sb old use to speak romantically and give attention to someone, especially in order to make them love you
    Mr Jackson, I do believe you are making love to me.

    OK. I thought it might be Collins, because a couple of their dictionaries define "make love to" as "woo" and they mark "woo" as old-fashioned. In your dictionary, the figurative use of "make love to" (all words) is what is marked as "old".

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    Re: To make love 'to'/'with' someone?

    Thanks to you both, now I feel I'm quite clear about it. Best!

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