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Post by Sang-heui, Kim » Mon Oct 04, 2004 7:19 am

Hi,

I am wondering about any differences between next two sentences.

I am satisfied at the news.
I am satisfied with the news.

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Post by Alan » Mon Oct 04, 2004 7:51 am

The first means 'satisfied when I heard...' while the second is a little strange, implying that the news itself has reached some kind of ideal standard. Neither sentence, though, is particularly idiomatic. We would probably say 'On hearing the news, I felt satisfied.'

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