If their profile made you laugh out loud in the middle of Tesco, say it.If you despaired of ever meeting a woman who loved football (even if you question her choice of team), say it.
Here are three, sweet starter phrases and suggestions for how to complete each note.
Whenever I think of you, I just can't help but smile.
Instead, start by saying what caught your eye about their profile.
If it’s just their dazzling smile or their sparkly blue eyes, that’s fine!
For more advice, check out our top tips for writing your online dating profile. Again, don’t panic – it doesn’t have to be the best, most perfect subject line in the history of dating sites. If your match mentions loving a specific film, use a quote from it as your subject.
If they love a certain stand-up comic, use the beginning of one of their jokes (Google is your friend at times like these).
Ask open questions that require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ reply, because these are more interesting to answer.
So, “You looked like you were having a blast on your skiing holiday! Where would you most like to go skiing that you haven’t been yet? One hundred words is about right: long enough to include a compliment, to say what caught your eye about their advert, mention something you have in common, and to ask a leading question.
Create something that’s witty and warm and demonstrates you’ve read their profile, as opposed to just flicking through their photos. Research has shown that people warm towards hearing their own name in conversation.