Are these sentences correct

I have loved you since I knew you [since (a point of time)]

means I'm still in love or very recently broke up. But what does

I loved you since I knew you [since (a point of time)]

mean? The use of the past simple indicates a "finished" action so I don't understand this sentence.

2 Answers 2


The sentence should be:

I have loved you [ever] since I met you.

Knowing someone continues indefinitely. By contrast, meeting someone takes place at a specific point in time, which is what you want to express.

This sentence is not correct:

I loved you [ever] since I met you.

but you might hear it in careless speech.


The first phrase looks right. We use the present perfect to talk about things in continuing state. For example :

My professor has loved math since he is eight.

By the way, if you would like to exprime an idea of break up, you should used the simple past that exprime a finished action. In this case your phrase means that you still love her.

I have an idea about the second phrase but it might be wrong.

I loved you since I knew you

Means "I like you from the first time we met".

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    Those are not right. You cannot say the first because the is is wrong, and you cannot say the second because know does not mean met in English.
    – tchrist
    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:52
  • Ok, at least I tried.
    – jr28
    Sep 30, 2015 at 16:24
  • You can correct "is" to "since the age of eight" and the second sentence can be "I love you as long as I know you" or "I have loved you since the time I met you". Apr 1, 2017 at 5:30

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