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Could you please kindly explain the difference between "sympathetic to " and "sympathetic about"? For example, in the following sentence can I replace "about" with "to"?
He suffers from back trouble too, so he was very sympathetic about my problem.
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"sympathetic to" = looking upon with favour (often followed by to or toward[s]):
She is sympathetic to the project. ["something"]
She is sympathetic toward[s] the homeless people ["someone/somebody"]
"Sympathetic about" = sympathy concerning [someone's/a] problem
She is sympathetic about the difficulties faced by the project to help the homeless.
I did say "generally" in my first post and I still stand by it, but I agree with Anglika's "sympathetic to the project" sentence. (although I would say 'toward')
Probably it is more acccurate to say that "toward" is used for people and people's ideas, plans, wishes, goals and the like. 'Projects' would fit in here too since they are somethiing that people do.
Also in a broad context, 'someone' would include animals.