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    delight and contented

    Dear teachers,

    I have one questions to ask.

    We can say " I was delighted to meet you". My question is: Can I say " I delighted to meet you"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance.


    Jiang


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    Re: delight and contented

    No. "Delight" is rarely used as a verb.

    Sometimes, I might say "I delighted in" doing something, but this is unusual, and not appropriate here. "I delighted to ...." is always incorrect.

    Would anyone else care to comment?

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    Re: delight and contented

    I agree with Xezlec's post: *"I delighted to meet you" is ungrammatical.

    Additionally, you've hit on, what I call, the "pleased" / "be pleased" pair:

    It pleases /pleased me. (verb)
    I am pleased. (adjective)

    Similarly,

    Verb
    Pat delights in taking long walks.
    Pat delighted in taking long walks.
    It delights me.
    It delighted me.

    Adjective
    I am delighted.

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    Re: delight and contented

    I agree with you- it's an adjective not a verb here and the active make doesn't work.

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    Re: delight and contented

    Hi Xezlec,

    Thank you for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Xezlec
    No. "Delight" is rarely used as a verb.

    Sometimes, I might say "I delighted in" doing something, but this is unusual, and not appropriate here. "I delighted to ...." is always incorrect.

    Would anyone else care to comment?

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    Re: delight and contented

    Dear Cas,
    Thank you for your response and additional information. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I agree with Xezlec's post: *"I delighted to meet you" is ungrammatical.

    Additionally, you've hit on, what I call, the "pleased" / "be pleased" pair:

    It pleases /pleased me. (verb)
    I am pleased. (adjective)

    Similarly,

    Verb
    Pat delights in taking long walks.
    Pat delighted in taking long walks.
    It delights me.
    It delighted me.

    Adjective
    I am delighted.

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    Re: delight and contented

    Dear tdol,
    Thank you very much for further confiming the use. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I agree with you- it's an adjective not a verb here and the active make doesn't work.

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