It was very pleasing/pleasant to them


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Their children's manners pleased the parents. It was very pleasing to them to see how politely the children passed dishes to each other.

Does "pleasing" in the above sound good? Is it better to replace it with "pleasant?" Thanks in advance.
  • Szkot

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Both are OK, but 'Pleasant for' sounds better than 'pleasant to'.

    You would say X was pleasant TO Y, i.e. X was friendly, polite and so on, but that is a different meaning of pleasant.

    You might also say 'They found it very pleasant/pleasing to see ...'
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