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- I love to watch a movie which has a love triangle.

- Instead of saying "love triangle", are there other similar and common phrases?

Thanks a lot!

  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Not that I can think of, although the extensive Wikipedia article on the matter does mention the word "triad". That makes me think of an Asian criminal gang.

    It seems unlikely to me that there is any widely-accepted equivalent term - "love triangle" is a very set and widely-used expression.

    That said, there are many frequently-used terms that could also be used, but are less specific in their application. Examples off the top of my head include "romantic dramas", "twisted love stories" or "a juicy romantic theme".


    Senior Member
    English - British
    A possibility might be "ménage à trois," which we use in BE nowadays in a wider sense, to describe three people involved sexually, than the more literal meaning of "household of three."


    Senior Member
    I guess it must be one of these romantic comedy situations with three characters named A, B, C, and you are either in this scenario:
    - A loves B and B loves C
    - A and B love C


    Senior Member
    England English
    Yes, don't let yourself be misled by Lis's French expression. That suggests that the three people involved are living together or at least have a 3-way consensual sexual relation with each other (perhaps even three-in-a-bed).

    In a love triangle, as Grop points out, the relationships are not consensual. That is, (to use Grop's nomenclature) A is not usually happy that B loves C. In fact, A might not even know about it.
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