anyone's being comfortable

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  1. eli7

    eli7 Senior Member

    Tehran; Iran
    Persian (Farsi)
    Does "anyone's being comfortable" is the same with "anyone's comfortability"?, or "anyone with comfortability"?

    This is from the book A Thousand Paths To Comfort,

    Will anyone's being comfortable enrich the world?
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    No: I've never seen a word 'comfortability' - if it existed, it is more likely to mean "the ability to be comforted (consoled)", from the verb 'comfort' - make someone feel better after something bad has happened.

    The ordinary adjective 'comfortable' corresponds to the noun 'comfort'. These are when you are, for example, in a soft chair. (So the noun is practically unrelated to the verb in meaning.) You could say: Will anyone's comfort enrich the world? That means basically the same.
  3. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    "Comfortability" is not yet accepted (thank heaven) as a real word. I don't know that I really understand your quoted sentence from the book, but as it stands I'd paraphrase to "If someone is comfortable (living an easy life) does that enrich the world ?" The implication would be that a life of adversity is more profitable for mankind as a whole.

    (Beaten to it by entangledbank as I sat dreaming over the question).
  4. eli7

    eli7 Senior Member

    Tehran; Iran
    Persian (Farsi)
    Thank you so much both, but the implication is still vague for me!

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