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    comfort/ console

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of “comfort” and ”console”?

    The mother tried to comfort her sobbing child.
    Guy took the child away to comfort her but there was no comfort for Martha.
    He comforted her as sh lay sobbing in his arms telling her how he must have loved her from that moment when first he saw her, yet never known it till now.
    No one could console the poor widow.
    His presence consoled him.
    The nurse was pitiful to his distress, but she had little to say that could console him.
    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V


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    Smile Re: comfort/ console

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of “comfort” and ”console”?

    The mother tried to comfort her sobbing child.
    Guy took the child away to comfort her but there was no comfort for Martha.
    He comforted her as sh lay sobbing in his arms telling her how he must have loved her from that moment when first he saw her, yet never known it till now.
    No one could console the poor widow.
    His presence consoled him.
    The nurse was pitiful to his distress, but she had little to say that could console him.
    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    If you are consoling someone, then that means the pain and the hurt that this person feels is very deep. We usually use console, for example, when someone passes away.

    By contrast, comfort has a more general meaning, though it could be used in place of console. Comfort does not always have to be applied to pain and hurt that is very deep, as would be the case with "console".

    As well, "comfort" is often applied to that which is concrete or physical. It's possible to comfort someone while they're sick by making them tea and bringing them soup, for example. However, one would not use "console" in such a way as this. We typically reserve console for more abstract notions of helping someone to feel better or get through a difficult time.



    [I would recommend using monolingual English dictionaries. Sometimes when using a bilingual dictionary, it's hard to notice differences in words that have similar meanings or are sometimes synonymous.]
    Last edited by PROESL; 04-Aug-2009 at 11:32. Reason: extra word mistake

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    Re: conceal

    HI,
    can anyone make a sentence using conceal?

    Thanks

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    Re: comfort/ console

    Iím not a teacher.

    Hi rifat,

    conceal = to hide or withdraw from observation; to cover; to cover or keep from sight; to prevent the discovery of; to withhold knowledge of.

    Concel = bury, camouflage, cloak, cover, disguise, hide, keep dark, mask, obscure, screen, shelter, sink, smother, submerge, suppress, veil

    It is the glory of God to conceal a thing.

    He which finds him shall deserve our thanks, . . . He that conceals him, death. (Shak.)

    A man may conceal facts, disguise his sentiments, dissemble his feelings, secrete stolen goods.

    But double griefs afflict concealing hearts.

    You cannot conceal your guilt from the police.

    conceal = to keep close, to keep secret

    The thieves thought that they had concealed the jewels from discovery.

    conceal = hide

    They try to conceal the truth.

    Regards,

    V.

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