This is another euphemistic version of ‘I love you but as a friend.’

Anything added or subtracted to ‘I Love You’ is NOT ‘I Love You’.

https://hemantpandeyblog.com/2017/09/16/should-i-propose-a-close-friend-who-i-have-been-with-her-about-a-year/

https://hemantpandeyblog.com/2017/09/16/when-do-i-know-when-to-propose/

https://hemantpandeyblog.com/2017/11/25/i-loved-a-girl-i-proposed-her-two-times-this-happened-in-just-three-days-she-says-that-she-cant-get-into-any-relationship-now-what-can-i-do-quora/