Is it correct to say -

I underwent great pleasure listening to your song, nothing could make it better.

I doubt if the above is correct, so I would say this instead-

I experienced great pleasure listening to your song, nothing could make it better.

I think this is grammatically correct, but it doesn't sound informal and rather sounds archaic.

If I am right in thinking so, is there a better way to express the same compliment.

  • Definitely not - you undergo an unpleasant experience! To say I experienced great pleasure is correct but very formal; you could say Your song gave me great pleasure or, more informal still, something like I really enjoyed it. – Kate Bunting Apr 22 at 15:36
  • @KateBunting But how should I use undergo with ' I ' ? – shoelace Apr 22 at 15:45
  • I am to undergo surgery tomorrow. He underwent severe thirst in the desert. – Kate Bunting Apr 22 at 15:51
  • @KateBunting That was very useful, Thanks ! – shoelace Apr 22 at 15:57
  • @KateBunting There is nothing strictly wrong with saying that you undergo something pleasurable. It's just not something we typically say. For example, women in the 19th century underwent medical procedures to relieve themselves of stress. (I.e., doctors brought them to orgasm; this was before we came to understand and accept what was happening.) The fact that they gained pleasure from it doesn't invalidate the use of undergo. – Jason Bassford Apr 22 at 16:18

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