When I want to show my love to something that is done by someone, can I say

"I love when you wear belt / when you sing / when you talk quietly."

Does I have to add some word (maybe pronoun like "you" in this case) after "I love" and before "when"?

2 Answers 2


There's an invisible 'object' reference in "I love when..."

I love it when...

re-adds the missing object.

Either is acceptable for colloquial speech.
I wouldn't ever use it in formal writing.

It's a simple contraction of the full idea, "I love that you [do this] when you [do this]"
which, of course, no-one would ever say in full.

  • Thank you for your answer +1^. Anyway, You intrigued me by your statement "I wouldn't ever use it in formal writing". Can you tell me the alternative/s? Jun 3, 2018 at 16:03
  • It's not obvious to me that there's any more of a "missing object" in OP's construction than there is in, say, I love what you're wearing, I appreciate what you're saying, We know where you live, etc. The fact that in some of those constructions you could introduce an article doesn't necessarily imply that it's "missing" if you didn't include it. Jun 3, 2018 at 16:11
  • You couldn't squeeze it into any of those constructions with a large crowbar. The 'implied it' in 'I love when' is an entirely different case. Were I more accomplished at actual grammar/linguistics rather than being merely being a competent native speaker, I'd be happy to quote chapter & verse - however, as I'm not... it's only my opinion ;) "I love when..." "You love what when?" I love... ermm... it" Jun 3, 2018 at 16:17

I have heard both forms used, and have no particular preference for one or the other, however, you do require an indefinite article before "belt". So you can say:

I love when you wear a belt/ when you sing/ when you talk quietly.


I love it when you wear a belt/ when you sing/ when you talk quietly.

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