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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, simpáticosympathiquesympathisch, or sympatisk.
  • The people in my office are all very nicepleasanteasy to get on with. (NOT . . . are all very sympathetic.)
Sympathetic usually means “sharing somebody’s feelings” or “sorry for somebody who is in trouble.”
  •             I’m sympathetic towards the strikers.
  •             She’s always very sympathetic when people feel ill.
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