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What’s the difference between

“I really loved what you had to say”

“I really loved what you said”

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    "What you had to say" implies some kind of prepared speech rather than a casual remark. Sep 9 '20 at 12:28
  • ... and further, ' "What you had to say" [suggests] some kind of prepared speech' strongly suggests a formal setting. At the very least, it shows the delivery of a carefully considered, heartfelt opinion – even if the opportunity was merely providential. // "I really loved what you said” connotes a less deep response, possibly a one-off compliment for a one-off statement. Sep 9 '20 at 14:09

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