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Can I change "jealous" with "envious" in this case:
"Though I was jealous, I shook the winner´s hand."
  • My initial reaction was to prefer the use of "envious" in this case, but i looked up both words again and it seems that both are OK.
    jealous of a friend's success; covetous of my neighbor's possessions; envious of their art collection.
    I'd maybe add 'of his success' for a little clarity, like this:
    Though jealous/envious of his success, I shook the winner's hand.

    'Jealousy' for me always implied something related to a love affair or human relations, but looking up the words now, i realise this was a misconception on my part - maybe this 80's sond is to blame:)
    To me there is a difference between "jealous" and "envious". I can be envious of what other people have that I lack. Jealousy involves a fear that you may lose what you already have.
    What's more, jealousy is more acute, while envious is more long-term.
    Hi Mimi

    Of course, as in your own native language, many words in English carry more than one meaning. As a foreign language student, however, your best avenue toward success lies in conquering one challenge at a time step by step. Let's turn to the lexicographers at the major publishing houses for the answer that is truly pertinent to your question and example sentence:

    envious: feeling resentment over or desire for another's advantages, possessions or attainments.

    jealous: feeling resentful and envious of another's advantages, possessions or attainments.

    Consequently, in the context of your example sentence, "Though I was jealous/envious, I shook the winner's hand," the adjectives 'jealous' and 'envious' are synonymous, and their interchangeable usage in this instance illustrates a very natural and common construction in English speech and writing—a perfect match!

    Thank you all of you.
    All your explanations are helpful instruction.
    Many thanks.