Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: with pleasure

  1. #1
    jasonlulu_2000 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    642
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default with pleasure

    --May I use your pen?
    --Yes, ______.
    A. with pleasure B. of course

    The answer given is B.

    But I think A also works here.

    What do you think?

    Jason

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,828
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: with pleasure

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    --May I use your pen?
    --Yes, ______.
    A. with pleasure B. of course

    The answer given is B.

    But I think A also works here.

    What do you think?

    Jason
    No, A would work if the question was "Would you lend me your pen?"

  3. #3
    jasonlulu_2000 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    642
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: with pleasure

    But here is an entry from Oxford Dictionary:

    “May I sit here?” “Yes, with pleasure.”

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,809
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: with pleasure

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    But here is an entry from Oxford Dictionary:

    “May I sit here?” “Yes, with pleasure.”
    That sounds very odd to me, Oxford Dictionary or not.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  5. #5
    nelson13 is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Zhuang
      • Home Country:
      • Bangladesh
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    196
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: with pleasure

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That sounds very odd to me, Oxford Dictionary or not.
    The Oxford Dictionary is also a man-made thing. It is natural that someone finds it unnatural, because this SOMEONE might come from a different country from that of the dictionary editor.

    For the question, you don't think WITH PLEASURE is suitable; is it because the question starts with MAY but not WOUlD?

  6. #6
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,809
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: with pleasure

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    The Oxford Dictionary is also a man-made thing. It is natural that someone finds it unnatural, because this SOMEONE might come from a different country from that of the dictionary editor.

    For the question, you don't think WITH PLEASURE is suitable; is it because the question starts with MAY but not WOUlD?
    No, I think "with pleasure" is unsuitable because it's not a suitable answer to the question "May I use your pen?"!

    Had the question been "Would/Could/Will you lend me your pen?" then "Yes, with pleasure" would be a perfectly good answer.

    May I use your pen?
    Yes, of course [you may].

    Could you lend me your pen?
    Yes, [I will lend you my pen] with pleasure.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-May-2011, 13:54
  2. [General] my pleasure
    By Doya in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2010, 09:40
  3. It' been a pleasure vs It was a pleasure
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Sep-2010, 10:21
  4. malicious pleasure is the best pleasure
    By Archie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2006, 06:08
  5. have (a) pleasure
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2004, 11:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •