I understand your use of the word, timpeac, but the OED has contented as an adjective all the same, and one of its definitions as satisfied, so I find that fairly compelling.No - that makes it into a verb rather than an adjective -
I was contented by the cool fan blowing air, and so now I am content being here since I am now cool.
I understand both of them as being positive, nuri148. What do you perceive as "neutral" in the case of content?Content = not dissatisfied, ok with.
Contented = satisfied
It's a slight difference, but as I see it content is neutral while contented conveys a positive feeling.
I was thinking of "cow" as well! "As contented as a cow" is a common saying.I think content and contented are synonymous. Contented is probably more common as an adjective before a noun: the contented cow; the contented workers. . .
Be that as it may - I think that you can only use "I am contented" with a passive meaning, some sort of verbal action being performed on you. For example, taking James's sentencesI understand your use of the word, timpeac, but the OED has contented as an adjective all the same, and one of its definitions as satisfied, so I find that fairly compelling.
Content is given as being in "a state of happiness or satisfaction", so I'm still stumped as to what difference, if any, there is between the two.
I suppose it's not wrong in the sense that you do hear such utterances made on occasion by some native speakers - I'm certainly not a prescriptivist - but it certainly strikes my ear as non-standard and you can hear quite a lot of surprising things said by some native speakers on occasion! "He should have went" is something I just heard on the TV by a sports commentator, for example, and I wouldn't recommend that either.Isn't it contented with? I never say contented, so I'm not sure.
She's contented with her breast size.
He's contented with the way he looks as an octogenarian.
Your explanation sounds good, tim. But I still wonder whether it's wrong to say, "I'm quite contented to sit at home."
In a context where the focus is specifically on the feeling: He had eaten a good meal with close friends and was feeling very contented.And when would you use contented ? Thanks