Your group at work recently started a new advertising campaign. The campaign has just started, but it seems to be going well. You're giving a short presentation in a meeting to tell everyone about the status of the campaign. You say:
We're very pleased with the initial results.
"Pleased" means "happy". But "pleased" is more formal and sounds less emotional.
Because "pleased" is formal-sounding, it would sound strange to talk about being "pleased with" everyday things like a TV show you just watched or the food you're eating.
To explain what pleases you, use the phrase "be pleased with ___":
If you're not pleased with our service, please let us know and we will issue a full refund.
I was pleased with how it turned out.
Some common things that you can be "pleased with" include:
- the results of (something)
- (something's) progress
- (someone's) performance
- the outcome of (something)
"Initial" is a formal word that means "at first" or "beginning". The "initial results" of an ad campaign means the results in the first few weeks or months.
Here are some nouns that often appear together with "initial":
- (someone's) initial reaction
My initial reaction was, "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard." But then I heard about it some more, and it started to make a bit of sense.
- the initial stage of (something)
In the initial stage of the disease, you may notice a bit of memory loss and lower coordination.
- initial reports (of an event)
Initial reports of the crash suggest that it may have been caused by a malfunctioning fuel line in the plane's engine.
- (one's) initial shock
When they called to tell me that I'd gotten the job, there was a moment of initial shock. I couldn't believe it.
- the initial cost of (something)
The money you'll save over the lifetime of the machine will more than make up for the initial cost.
- (one's) initial impression
What's your initial impression of her?
The "initial results" of an experiment, an advertising campaign, an election, etc. are information about how the experiment, campaign, election, etc. will turn out, which you get before they're finished:
Initial election results show a strong lead for the Republicans.
The fundraiser is still going on, but the initial results suggest that we may not be able to reach our $100,000 goal.
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