If something tastes sweet, it contains some sort of sugar that makes it taste that way. Candy is sweet, but so are apples. You can use the word "sweet" to describe a nice person or someone you like. A situation may also be sweet if it benefits the people who are involved:

  • Oscar got a sweet deal on a car.
  • That’s a really sweet ride. (ride = car)
  • That’s so sweet! (That’s really nice.)
  • All the women in the office think Peter is a really sweet guy.
  • This chocolate cake is way too sweet.
  • Have you ever eaten sweet potato pie? It’s very sweet, but it’s surprisingly good.
  • Rachel has a very sweet personality.
  • Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow. (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

candy Chocolate is sweet.

The word "sweeten" is a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • Coffee is sweetened by adding sugar or some sort of sweetener. (The word "sweetener" is a noun.)
  • The city sweetened the real estate development by adding in another million dollars to the project.
  • You can sweeten anything you say when you say it with a smile.

The words "sweetie," "sweatheart," "sweetness," and "sweets," are used as nouns.

  • Jennifer is a sweetheart.
  • She’s a real sweetie.
  • The sweetness in the recipe for this banana bread comes from adding honey to it.
  • You might get tooth decay from eating too many sweets. (sweets = candy and other sweet things)

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March 21, 2016