comfortable

mimi2

Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
#1
Hi,
-Do you think we should offer Mr. Jones a drink?
-No. He looks comfortable.
Could you tell me if “comfortable” was used correctly?
I think it should be “He doesn’t look thirsty”.
Please tell me why “comfortable” is the most appropriate word in this case?
Thanks.
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    #4
    Hi,
    -Do you think we should offer Mr. Jones a drink?
    -No. He looks comfortable.
    Could you tell me if “comfortable” was used correctly?
    I think it should be “He doesn’t look thirsty”.
    Please tell me why “comfortable” is the most appropriate word in this case?
    Thanks.
    Logically, I don't know how outward appearance can reveal whether a person would like something to drink.
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    #6
    Maybe it is the act of offerering rather than the drink that leads to the response.

    I'm thinking that offering a drink requires the person to sit up and drink it, maybe he's a patient or a client resting and "comfortable" and not in need of disturbance?
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    #7
    Maybe it is the act of offerering rather than the drink that leads to the response.

    I'm thinking that offering a drink requires the person to sit up and drink it, maybe he's a patient or a client resting and "comfortable" and not in need of disturbance?
    Good point.

    In this case, I don't think "thirsty" enters into it.

    I would say something like "No, let's not disturb him."
     
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