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I felt sympathetic toward/for/with the kids there (an orphanage).
Do all of the bolded words fit in the above? Are there subtle differences in meaning among them? Thanks.
To make sure, are the following three identical in meaning?
I feel sympathetic toward the kids there.
I feel sympathy for the kids there.
I sympathize with the kids there.
Besides, if I am in sympathy with your efforts or objectives, does it mean that I agree on your efforts or objectives?
Wouldn't 'empathy' also be appropriate?
Sympathy means that you are saddened by the suffering of others.
Empathy would mean that you have the same pain. You can put yourself in someone else's shoes and experience what they're feeling. It's a nuance, but I think it's a distinction worth preserving.
I still think "I feel sorry for them" would be better.
I think this goes back to a TV show in the 1950s. There was a character who used to say "Greetings and salutations!"
Used the way I've used "salutations", it's almost humorous; it's an expression you'd use among friends, which I consider you to be.
These lines at the end of a message are not so important nowadays, since people have got used to e-mail.
You can say
or any number of variants.
Or you can just omit this.
The word "greetings" would only fit at the beginning of a message. I don't think it's used much nowadays.