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What is the difference between 'being in love with' someone and 'loving' someone, as in these two sentences?

  1. I love him.

  2. I am in love with him.

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"In love" implies a romantic (non-Platonic) attraction to / affection for (usually) a person.

If you simply say you love someone, that's different. It could imply any number of things depending on context, but it doesn't necessarily imply romantic attraction. However, it can be construed that way, so it's usually important to give additional context if you don't mean it romantically (e.g. "I love him like a brother").

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