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    unthankful; peaceful

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Is there a word "unthankful". I found it in a dictionary compiled by Chinese lexicographers but I can't find it in Cambridge dictionary. If there is the word could you please explain if I can replace the word ungrateful with the word "unthankful"?

    You will look very unthankful if you don't accept the offer.

    No.2
    It is very peaceful in the woods.
    Can I use "quiet" instead of "peaceful"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: unthankful; peaceful

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Is there a word "unthankful". I found it in a dictionary compiled by Chinese lexicographers but I can't find it in Cambridge dictionary. If there is the word could you please explain if I can replace the word ungrateful with the word "unthankful"?
    Yes, it is a word. Sometimes words starting with 'un' are not listed, because this is really "thankful" with 'un' modifying it.

    You will look very unthankful if you don't accept the offer.
    'Ungrateful' is almost always a better word than unthankful. It means the same thing.

    No.2
    It is very peaceful in the woods.
    Can I use "quiet" instead of "peaceful"?

    You could: it tends to have the same connotations in that context, but obviously it doesn't mean exactly the same thing - unless you associate peace with a lack of sound.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    R.

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