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    #1

    Angry it's so confusing!

    Dear experts,

    What does 'to be comfortable' mean if it refers to a person?

    She was going to be comfortable

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    #2

    Re: it's so confusing!

    We say things like 'comfortable in your skin' meaning that you feel relaxed about yourself; would that fit the context?

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    #3

    Re: it's so confusing!

    Comfortable: The financial sense.

    If you are 'comfortable' it can also mean that you have enough money to not have to worry too much.

    e.g. 'I am poor' means that you don't have much money.
    'I am comfortable' means that you have enough money.
    'I am rich' means that you have more than enough money.


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    #4

    Re: it's so confusing!

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Dear experts,

    What does 'to be comfortable' mean if it refers to a person?

    She was going to be comfortable
    More context!

    It has several possible meanings.


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    #5

    Re: it's so confusing!

    I've made myself comfortable in this armchair.

    This could be the context. And it sounds very good to me...


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    #6

    Re: it's so confusing!

    Moreover, I've been asked ''Are you comfortable?'' today on a plane.


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    #7

    Re: it's so confusing!

    But,
    She was going to be comfortable
    This sounds odd.
    Regarding what is she going to be comfortable?


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    #8

    Re: it's so confusing!

    "Comfortable" is used idiomatically as a delicate way to refer to money. "They're not rich, but they're comfortable," or "they're comfortably off" means that there is enough money to easily provide for all the necessities of life and some of the luxuries as well.

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