The word "delight" is used when someone is made happy by something or someone. In these sentences, "delight" is a verb:
- The audience was delighted by the performance. (This sentence is in the past tense, passive voice.)
- The girl’s parents were delighted to learn that her good grades earned her a spot on the school’s honor roll.
- This music delights everyone who hears it.
- This product will delight consumers.
You can use this word as a noun:
- What a delight!
- The cruise was a delight.
- It’s such a delight to work with motivated students.
- The work of Pablo Picasso is a delight to see up close in a museum.
As an adjective, the word "delight" becomes "delightful."
- This pie is delightful.
- It was a delightful evening.
- The performer told the members of the audience that they were absolutely delightful.
- The laughter of children is a delightful sound.
- The strawberry and blueberry tart was just delightful.
Note: The word "delight" represents a slightly higher level of diction than is found in regular conversation, but it depends on the person who is speaking. Your teacher, for instance, rarely uses this word; however, you may happen to like using it. You’ll often hear "delight" or "delightful" in TV commercials or internet and radio advertising.
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December 4, 2013