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    changeable and changeful

    Dear teachers,
    I found the two words "changeable" and "changeful" quite confusing.
    The definition for changeable is: likely to change; often chaning; able to be changed. The definition for changeful is: contunually changing; likely to change.
    To me the difference between the two is first "changeful" changes to a greater degree than "changeable" and second "changeable" has got passive meaning while "changeful" doesn't.
    My question is: Can I use "changeful" to replace "changeable" in the expressions " changeable weather" and "a changeable sort of person" ( one whose moods often changes)?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: changeable and changeful

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    I found the two words "changeable" and "changeful" quite confusing.
    The definition for changeable is: likely to change; often chaning; able to be changed. The definition for changeful is: contunually changing; likely to change.
    To me the difference between the two is first "changeful" changes to a greater degree than "changeable" and second "changeable" has got passive meaning while "changeful" doesn't.
    My question is: Can I use "changeful" to replace "changeable" in the expressions " changeable weather" and "a changeable sort of person" ( one whose moods often changes)?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Try looking at it from a different angle. Instead of going through countless word definitions, which can be confusing, even for native speakers, why not try something a little more simple, not to mention a great deal more efficient, like the meaning of the suffix:

    changeable, -able, able to be changed
    changeful, -ful, full of change

    EX: wonderful, full of wonder
    EX: moveable, able to be moved
    EX: immoveable, not able to move

    I bet if you add -able or -ful to a word, you'll be able to pick up the word's meaning much more quickly than if you looked up the whole word in the dictionary. Best of luck.

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    Re: changeable and changeful


    Dear Casiopea,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Try looking at it from a different angle. Instead of going through countless word definitions, which can be confusing, even for native speakers, why not try something a little more simple, not to mention a great deal more efficient, like the meaning of the suffix:

    changeable, -able, able to be changed
    changeful, -ful, full of change

    EX: wonderful, full of wonder
    EX: moveable, able to be moved
    EX: immoveable, not able to move

    I bet if you add -able or -ful to a word, you'll be able to pick up the word's meaning much more quickly than if you looked up the whole word in the dictionary. Best of luck.

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