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    #1

    To do with like

    Hey guys, I'm Dutch, but I'm reading a book in English and it has the following sentence: "You don't love me like I do you." Is it correct or should it be: "You don't love me like I love you"? It's probably correct, but a bit informal, right? Is it part of everyday speech though? Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: To do with like

    Welcome to the forum.

    The original is absolutely fine. It's neither formal nor informal to my ears.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: To do with like

    You can use to do as an all-purpose replacement verb in that construction.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: To do with like

    Unfortunately, 'I do you' has a different meaning which will cause sniggering and smirking among adolescents and immature adults.

    • 33 (transitive) SLANG (of a male) to have sexual intercourse with
    (Collins)

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    #5

    Re: To do with like

    I think it's safe in the context. "She doesn't love me like I do her" might be a little more complicated.

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    #6

    Re: To do with like

    NOT A TEACHER

    Just a gentle reminder to my fellow learners: those of us who like the rules of traditional grammar would prefer "You don't love me as I love you" -- especially in writing.

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