filled with vs full of

Discussion in 'English Only' started by taked4700, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. taked4700 Senior Member

    Kagoshima
    japanese japan
    Hi,

    1. a life full of hope
    2. a life filled with hope

    Do you see any difference in meaning or nuance between the two?

    I, myself, feel (1) connotes a static situation that you cannot change whereas (2) shows one can relate to the situation and you are part of it.

    I ask this question because I came across sentences as below today.

    A life filled with hope or a life full of despair. It's our choice to make.

    If changed this into "A life full of hope or a life filled with despair. It's our choice to make. ", which do you think is more idiomatic?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
    I agree with your reasoning.

    I prefer, "A life filled with hope or a life full of despair. It's our choice to make."

    My reason is that filled with hope sounds more active.
     
  3. taked4700 Senior Member

    Kagoshima
    japanese japan
    Thank you, Grubble.

    Your post really cheers me up.

    Thanks again.
     

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