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    We were only too pleased to receive your postcard!

    We were only too pleased to receive your postcard!

    Is the above sentence acceptable?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: We were only too pleased to receive your postcard!

    I have run across that usage before. "We were very pleased" is simpler and has the same meaning.

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    Re: We were only too pleased to receive your postcard!

    It is still understandable but I think it is a usage that is fading away. I would never use it (I am 68 years old), but my parents might have.
    Last edited by probus; 28-Dec-2014 at 05:33.

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    Re: We were only too pleased to receive your postcard!

    I fully agree with MikeNY and Probus's comments. However, I think the phrase can still be deployed usefully from time to time to convey the sense of an unexpected outcome. For example, "Grumpy, a miserable old git for most of the year, was only too pleased to be asked to the Christmas party"; or, adding to your own example, "Having heard nothing from you for the past ten years, we were only too pleased to receive your postcard!"
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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