This verb is classed as a stative verb, because it describes a person’s emotional state, as opposed to an action. This means that it is normally used in the non-progressive form (“I love” not “I’m loving”). However, since 2003, the slogan for McDonald’s has been “I’m lovin’ it”, which was the name of a hit single by Justin Timberlake. Language purists dislike this usage, but it’s generally accepted in informal situations.
I love verb + -ing
To talk about your hobbies or your likes in general:
■ I love swimming.
I love to + infinitive
To describe something in more detail:
■ I love to swim in the lake every morning.
I’d/I would love to!
To accept an invitation:
■ Would you like to join us for lunch? — I’d love to!
I’d/I would love to…, but…
To talk about something that you would like to do, but can’t:
■ I’d love to join you, but I have a meeting.
love at first sight
To explain that you have loved someone or something from the first moment on:
■ When I saw their new smartphone, I knew it was love at first sight.
not for love or money
To show something is not available or possible, or that you absolutely will not do something:
■ After the hurricane, we couldn’t get a room in New York — not for love or money.
there’s no love lost between them
To say that two or more people do not like each other:
■ There’s clearly no love lost between them. They argue all the time about the designs.