When Martin saved a woman's cat from drowning

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

1.When Martin saved a woman's cat from drowning, she told him that she would be indebted to him for the rest of her life.

Is it possible to use "grateful to" instead of "indebted to" like this:

2.When Martin saved a woman's cat from drowning, she told him that she would be grateful to him for the rest of her life.
 

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Both are correct but they don't mean the same thing.
 

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emsr2d2,

I think that "indebted to" means a stronger, deeper feeling than "grateful to" in these sentences. Am I right?
 

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If she feels indebted to him, it means that she feels the need to pay him back in some way. She wants to try to repay the favour. If she's simply grateful then, well, she's just grateful! She appreciates what he did.
 
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