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Priscilla86
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:10:01 AM

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"That story evokes a delight in me"

Is the sentence grammatically correct and does it have the same meaning as 'I am delighted by the story'?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:00:58 AM
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"I am delighted by the story" = it's a nice story and I love it.

"The story evokes a delight in me." = the story itself might not be particularly good one; it might be written/spoken badly; it might be about something really weird.It might be very sad.

But for some reason it BRINGS ABOUT a great feeling of delight in one. Perhaps it reminds one of something else, or an adventure one once had, or revives a childhood incident, or brings to mind a favourite movie.

The story itself may not be at all delightful. But for you, it brings about delight (because it reminds you of something particular.)
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:39:10 AM

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As Rom says, to evoke something is to bring that feeling or memory to your mind
eg
the sound of a bird-call evokes a longing for my home

(think of it as calling on something else - e-voke - call out.
Like vocal, vocation (a calling).
The only reason it has a -k instead of a -c like those other words is that it has to be a hard c sound, and spelling it -ce would soften it)

Are you sure you don't mean 'evince'?
Although that normally means to reveal, it can be used to mean ' to bring out'.
Priscilla86
Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 3:33:35 AM

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Romany wrote:


The story itself may not be at all delightful. But for you, it brings about delight (because it reminds you of something particular.)


Thanks, Ro. This is very clear, I understand the difference now.
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