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Does is contain any romantic implications? I’ve heard it can be used as a love confession or marriage proposal of some sort, but is that true? And is that a common phrase?

Thanks!

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All by itself without context, 「私{わたし}でよければ」 does not contain romantic implications. How could it? In fact, when I read your question, I murmured to myself 「私でよければ回答{かいとう}しましょうか・・」, roughly meaning "If it's OK with you, I would post an answer."

「私でよければ」 simply means "If it is OK (with you), I ~~"

Even in a romantic context, 「私でよければ」 all by itself does not really mean much. It is not a complete sentence in the first place. You might use it in complete sentences such as:

「私でよければ付{つ}き合{あ}ってください。」 ("If it is OK wih you, please date me.")

「(こんな)私でよければ結婚{けっこん}してください。」 ("If you find me acceptable, please marry me.")

「私でよければ」 is an extremely common phrase in all kinds of situations. It makes you sound humble and not pushy/aggressive/impolite, etc.

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    Thank you so much. But I also should have posted the remaining half of the sentence “...いつでもご一緒しますよ” for better context. Because on paper/literally, the sentence doesn’t really scream romantic implications to me. However, some people have told me that it reads unambiguously romantic, and I don’t know if I was truly subtext-blind to not have realized it. Hence why I ask here. – larhm Mar 11 '18 at 5:17
  • Uhmmm... p-please answer my second question? @l'électeur – larhm Mar 11 '18 at 14:57

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