Thankfully / Fortunately

  • seadew

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    They are so close that I cannot think of a distinction in their usage, and I'm pretty strict about distinctions.
    Cheerz
     

    fabfab

    Senior Member
    French - France
    They are so close that I cannot think of a distinction in their usage, and I'm pretty strict about distinctions.
    Cheerz
    I would like to make a point here.

    thankfully and fortunately are equivalent in the meaning of:
    By good fortune, Let us be thankful that
    For instance: "thankfully/fortunately he didn't come to the party"

    However you can't use fortunately in this sense:
    In a thankful manner; with thanks
    For instance:
    "he accepted thankfully fortunately my apologies"
     

    bh7

    Senior Member
    Canada; English
    Fabfab is correct.
    Thankfully he didn't come to the party = We owe him thanks for not showing up at the party.
    Fortunately he didn't come to the party = We were in luck that he didn't show up at the party.
    We thankfully acknowledge receipt of sth. = We received sth. and are grateful to you for sending it.
    We fortunately received sth. = We received sth., there was some doubt that we'd get it, but luck was with us and we did receive it.
     

    VictaHeri

    Senior Member
    English (USA)
    thankfully = gratefully

    fortunately = heureusement, quelquefois "thankfully", mais jamais "gratefully"

    distinction très fine...
     
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