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    Granny Peach is a true/truthful story.



    "True" and "truthful" are both adjective and share the same root, and sometimes they mean about the same thing. Therefore I wonder if both of them fit in the above context. If not, why not? Thanks.

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    Default Re: true/truthful

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Granny Peach is a true/truthful story.



    "True" and "truthful" are both adjective and share the same root, and sometimes they mean about the same thing. Therefore I wonder if both of them fit in the above context. If not, why not? Thanks.
    Granny Peach is a true story- correct

    true = real, conforming to reality ,

    Thus, Granny Peach is a real story = They say / It is said that this [Granny Peach] is a real story - I myself don`t know if it`s true

    truthful - telling the truth, conforming to truth
    a truthful person = a person who tells the truth ; a person you can trust or believe as being true.
    e.g. You can trust Jim. He is a truthful person.

    If I say that Granny Peach or this story is telling the truth, can you believe it? Are you sure that it can be truthful?

    I would say that the difference between true and truthful is ,in fact, the difference, between real and reliable.

    Round up:
    we can say that a story is true, not truthful. A story is , in fact, a story.
    When it comes to use truthful, you can use it in other contexts :
    a truthful person = a reliable person; a person who is telling the truth.= you can rely on her/him because s/he tells the truth.
    a truthful statement = a statement conforming to truth

    Finally, I`d say that this story is said to be true but I wouldn`t rely on this because I have certain [ to a less or greater degree] doubts about it.
    Last edited by Teia; 21-Sep-2007 at 20:10.

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    Default Re: true/truthful

    Thanks, teia.

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