Besides looking them up in a dictionary, you could enter them separately in the search box of the FrazeIt site for many examples of their use in a large number of contexts.
Ask again if you have any specific problems.
Would you help me understand the differences between these words?
Thanks for you answers in advance.
I agree. It would be far too difficult to discriminate between these three words in isolation. If you want to write 10 sentences, I'd be prepare to tell you which word I'd use, but I'm not sure I could explain why.
I'll offer a few comments:
- Delicately and gingerly can apply to movements, and tactfully cannot. Further, when my back hurts, I move gingerly, not delicately.
- When I don't want to hurt someone's feelings, I'll say something tactfully or delicately. You don't say something gingerly. (Unless you have a very sore jaw, or something, and then it's the act of speaking that is done gingerly, not your choice of words.)
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I think that it is wonderful that you want to better understand the difference between these three words.
(2) Moderator Barbara has given you and me a very brief but
(3) Personally, I never use "gingerly." And I do not see it too often in my readings.
(4) I googled each word and then went to the "books" section.
(5) I hope that these sample sentences give you a taste of these words.
* " Strawberry leaves are used to make a delicately flavored tea."
* "A prince on his white horse delicately holds out a fruit to a bird."
* "He asks delicately if we have discussed divorce recently, or if my wife was considering leaving me."
* "Jackson sat down gingerly."
* He placed the glass jar gingerly on the concrete step."
* "Reynolds held the plastic bag gingerly on his knee. He leaned forward and gingerly lifted the cloth."
* " You can refuse someone tactfully if you try."
* " She did not speak again of the prospective wedding, tactfully setting it aside for other topics."
* " Such opportunities for conversation can be arranged tactfully so that the child may not realize the interview was planned."
Thank you very much Barb_D and TheParser for your answers.