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Vocabulary lesson – sensible versus sensitive

Sensible and sensitive are words that are often confused.

German speakers – pay attention to this because they mean the opposite in your language!

sensible (adj) = showing good judgement / making good decisions

“Emma is very sensible with money. She saves as much of her salary as she can.”

“Doing heavy exercise like running is not sensible when you are sick.”

sensitive (adj) = a person who is able to understand the feelings and problems of other people easily OR a person who gets easily upset by what other people say and think.

“A teacher must be sensitive to slower learners.”

“You’re so sensitive; I don’t understand why you’re crying. Paul was only making a suggestion about how you should write the report next time.”


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