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I know we can use the collocation feel satisfaction. You can find it in the list of collocations in the link. My question is: Is "feel pleasure" a collocation we can use? I looked at the collocations with "pleasure" on here, but "feel pleasure" is not among them. So is it wrong to say "feel pleasure"? Let me make up some sentences that include that phrase:

  • I felt pleasure when I first played in front of a crowd.

  • A: How do you feel at your new home? B: I just feel pleasure.

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    "For us to feel pleasure, we need to open ourselves to life and its surprises." - Psychology Today (Google search) Oct 22 at 11:35
  • 'Feeling pleasure' often refers to a physical sensation; we would say I am pleased to be in my new home. Oct 22 at 13:51
  • Do you think this sentence is okay: "I don't feel pleasure playing video games" Oct 22 at 18:54
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Feel pleasure often refers to physical sensations and therefore can potentially have sensual or erotic undertones to it.

Try to be pleased instead:

I felt pleasure when I first played in front of a crowd -> I was pleased when I first played in front of a crowd.

A: How do you feel at your new home? B: I just feel pleasure. -> A: How do you feel at your new home? B: I'm just pleased.

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  • I don't know, if you try hard enough you can bring the same connotation to "satisfaction." At any rate, there are plenty of chaste results for "pleasure": google.com/… Oct 22 at 13:46
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    Just something to keep in mind. I would avoid saying "I felt pleasure giving this presentation" in a business setting, for example.
    – LawrenceC
    Oct 22 at 13:48
  • Do you think this sentence is okay: "I don't feel pleasure playing video games" Oct 22 at 18:53
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Yes, you can use "feel pleasure". Here are some example uses:
Google ngram viewer feel pleasure

Click on a date range, and look through the examples.

(Your two examples aren't typical uses of "feel pleasure"; they would more likely be feel satisfied, or excited.)

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  • (Re following ngram results into Google Books searches: I only just now realized that if you click, not on a date range, but on the phrase itself to the left of the ranges, you search all date ranges without limitation.) Oct 22 at 13:48
  • Do you think this sentence is okay: "I don't feel pleasure playing video games" Oct 22 at 18:53
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    You can say it. Far likelier though, is just "I don't like playing video games." Oct 22 at 21:50

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