18/07/16 The Two Meanings of “SYMPATHETIC”

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Sympathetic is a “false friend” for speakers of certain languages, including Spanish. It does not usually mean the same as, for example, sympathique, sympathisch, sympatisk or simpático.
Example:
The people in my class are all very nice/pleasant/easy to get on with. (NOT… are all very sympathetic.)

Sympathetic usually means “sharing somebody’s feelings” or “sorry for somebody who is in trouble.”
Examples:
I’m sympathetic towards the strikers.
She’s always very sympathetic when people feel ill.