He likes it in Sweden/He enjoys Sweden/He thrives in Sweden. Which one should I use? ("He" has moved to Sweden).
Mar 25, 2023 3:15 PM
Answers · 10
The three verbs have different meanings. You should use the one you mean. ‘Like’ is a preference, and rather weak. ‘Enjoy’ suggests doing things which make you happy. ‘Thrive’ means doing well, succeeding. The tense is wrong for ‘thrive’ though. ‘Thriving’ is something observable. So you have to say He’s thriving in Sweden. (He’s succeeding - e.g. financially, emotionally etc.)
Mar 25, 2023 5:08 PM
They are all correct. "Thrives in" means something more than just "he likes it". It suggests that his life there is profitable and enjoyable and things are going well for him. The first two mean the same thing.
Mar 25, 2023 4:01 PM
They are all excellent. "Likes" is a mild word, much weaker that "loves". If he likes Sweden, then he's doing OK there. "Enjoys" is a little bit stronger. "Thrives" is much stronger. Imagine you have planted a seed and the plant just grows like crazy. That's thriving.
Mar 25, 2023 10:07 PM
DavidK has mentioned something interesting, that may be a difference between American Thinking and British Thinking for "Thrive". "He thrives " sounds fine To English Ears but "He is Thriving" is probably a bit clearer.
Mar 26, 2023 7:56 AM
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