0

Is it correct to use "much" with "delighted"? It sounds alright to me, just want to confirm.

1
  • 1
    Though one might expect delighted not to be considered to need intensifying, 'highly delighted' is idiomatic. Aug 11 '17 at 13:25
3

This is grammatically correct - you are using much as an adverb in its sense of

to a great extent or degree; greatly
-Dictionary.com

The phrasing is not the most common phrasing, according to my American ear - I would expect to hear very delighted instead - but it also doesn't sound wrong.

2
  • 1
    "Much delighted" actually sounds better than "very delighted" (though, as you say, less common) to my AmE ear—it sounds quaintly charming rather than merely redundant.
    – 1006a
    Aug 11 '17 at 14:46
  • 2
    Another option is "quite" delighted. This Ngram may be of interest. It seems that the construction in general is not as popular as it used to be. But "much" remains the most common, albeit by a smaller margin.
    – vpn
    Aug 11 '17 at 22:25
1

He was much delighted to receive the news.

The use of the adverb much in front of the adjective delighted is far more common than "very". According to the Longman dictionary, we shouldn't use the very before the delighted.

Moreover, some adverbs that also go with the delighted are greatly, quite, extremely, but the use of the "delighted" that means extremely pleased is most common without an adverb before it.

You must log in to answer this question.