I can't see much difference between the adjectives satisfying and satisfactory.
With which of the two words would you complete the following sentence?
Sales are up 20% from last year, which is very _______ .
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Oh, I see. Thank you, I think I can understand the difference now.
I just have some other questions dealing with satisfaction:
What is the difference between "dissatisfied" and "unsatisfied"?
And what about "dissatisfactory" and "unsatisfactory", "dissatisfying" and "unsatisfying"?
Are there any differences at all?
I am dissatisfied with my level of Italian, as I have no time to learn and I do not know any simple words at all.
unsatisfacotry= it doesn't meet the minimum requirements
dissatisfactory= it doesn't meet the minimum requirements at all
unsatisfying=my English is so, it could be better and I want it to be so
dissatisfying- my Italian is so, it sucks
un=not quite, not completely
dis=not at all, lack of
...tory=about minimum criteria
...ing=about the whole satisfaction or lack of it
Notice you can not say about people (now I am talking about endings) they are ...ing or ....tory but they are always ....ed
I know it all is confusing but I hope it is less so now
Banderas, thank you very much.
I just have a few questions to this topic:
Here's the other question of mine: If one is not satisfied, is he or she unsatisfied or dissatisfied? If someone is dissatisfied, does it mean he or she is not satisfied?
By the way I susspect that the thing with "not satisfied" is like with "impatient", "unhelpful" etc. one says not "helpful", " not patient" and so on, if you know what I mean.
I'm not a teacher, but I agree entirely. Unsatisfied is a passive absence of satisfaction - "I ate my dinner, but it left me unsatisfied, I need something more."
Dissatisfied is an active condition. It's not the mere absence of satisfaction, it's the presence of the opposite. "This meal was awful, cold and badly cooked. I am VERY dissatisfied".
I have posted a new thread "it is you who", Stuart, your opinion is important to me. There is also a thread posted by someone called "Usage of I" where I asked native speakers something , If you are free, could you take a look, please?
Lenka, are you satisfied with our explanations?
Yes, I am satisfied now :). Thank you both.