Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by Anaka, Jun 1, 2008.
Could anybody tell me the difference between grateful and thankful? they are both adjectives.
There's not really a difference.
That's what I think, but it appears in an exercise for First Certificate entitled 'Pairs of words often confused'
Mmmm....no veo ninguna diferencia tampoco. No comprendo por qué están en ese ejercicio.
Anaka...In the U.S. we use them interchangeably.
I am thankful for what you have done.
I am grateful for what you have done.
Both describe something that has been appreciated.
I hope that helps. If you find out what the subtle difference is, let me know. I am totally curios. (Me muero de curiosidad por aprender la diferencia entre estas palabras.)
grateful Aadjective1 grateful, thankful
feeling or showing gratitude; "a grateful heart"; "grateful for the tree's shade"; "a thankful smile" 2 grateful
affording comfort or pleasure; "the grateful warmth of the fire"
I got this from the WR English definition.
Saludos y suerte
Well I'm not going to worry anymore about it. Perhaps there's only a small difference, feeling gratitude or just thankful.
Thanks anyway. You helped me to make sure of what I was thinking.
Hello everyone, I'm assisting to one cours to prepare myself to the First Certificate, and the teacher explained us the difference between Grateful and Thankful.
I was grateful because my friend lend my one umbrella.
I was thankful because stopped raining.
Or somthing like that. Grateful is for somthing good it happend, and Thankfull for somthing bad is not happend.
It means the same thing.
Significa la misma cosa.
No, there's a difference. Here's one explanation:
Grateful means that you appreciate what someone has done for you and you want to express your thanks. Thankful means that you are relieved/pleased that what you hoped for has actually happened.
I think Poldarn has got the subtle difference right. You would say "I am grateful for what you did", but not "I am thankful for what you did".
You would say "I am thankful it is not raining", but you wouldn't say "I am grateful it is not raining".
Also see: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=269785
I being Grateful and Thankful the same thing or the same meaning?
I never really understood the difference between being grateful and being thankful.
I often wondered why we have two words expressing the same thing.
Not too long ago, I got a great idea: I LOOKED THEM UP!
I was really surprised at what I found.
Gratitude is an agreeable emotion, consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy.
Thanks is the expression of gratitude; an acknowledgment made to express a sense of favor or kindness received.
Did you catch that?
Gratitude is the feeling or sentiment excited by kindness.
Thanks are the expression of that sentiment.
I found this almost unseen definition very helpful showing the difference between the two words. I hope it helps others too.
agree with live2learn
grateful = feeling
thankful = expression of feeling
Separate names with a comma.