filled with vs full of

taked4700

Senior Member
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.
 
  • grubble

    Senior Member
    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.
     
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