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"how I am delighted" vs. "how delighted I am"

1.  You don’t know how I am delighted to have you as a friend

2.  You don’t know how delighted I am to have you as a friend.

3. I hope one day I can do something for you to show you how you are lovable in my heart and mind.

4. I hope one day I can do something for you to show you how loved you are in my heart and mind.

Sentences 2 and 4 are correct; sentences 1 and 3 are not.  Please could you explain why?  Thank you.

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I don't think 1 and 3 are wrong, but they mean different things.

1. would mean that you don't know in what way I'm delighted. I could be delighted like Charlie Chaplin might be (exaggerated), or Humphrey Bogart might be (reserved).

2. would mean you don't know the degree to which I'm delighted.

Dyske Feb-07-2020

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Jack Larson Mar-18-2020

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4 is equivalent to: "...how loved you are in my heart, and how loved you are in my mind". This is likely your intended meaning.

3, however, uses "lovable" which means "deserving of love". Difference:
"you are loved (by me)" = I love you.
"you are lovable" = you are endearing to people. This does not use an object phrase such as "by me". It is a trait.

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