As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, saying “I Love You” is simply not grammatically correct. If you care to see a man choking on those words I suggest watching the 1955 movie “Picnic”. The words never fit the actual sentiment and thus feels ever so much like telling a lie.
Hal Carter: William Holden
Madge Owens: Kim Novak
Go ahead Hal, spit it out.
Hal Carter: Look. I, I’ve been thinking all night. I’ve never said this before, because it… It’d make me seem like such a freak, but…
Madge Owens: What?
Hal Carter: I love you, Madge. Do you hear?