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Happy - Heureux VS Content

Hi, just wondering what the difference is between "heureux" and "content", as both are used to say "happy". I've just been using "content", because I can remember and spell it more confidently, but I'm sure there's a proper explanation as to which one should be used in which context. Thanks!

July 16, 2017

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I looked it up, and this is what I got:

Simply said: content is included in heureux; so heureux expresses a deeper feeling.

For the example you mentioned, heureux is more appropriate than content.

Content: it is about contentedness, it's about being/feeling satisfied Heureux= content + excited/happy

Stolen from this forum: https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/16324/what-is-the-difference-in-usage-and-nuance-between-content-and-heureux

July 16, 2017

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    That is my understanding of the difference between "content" and "happy" in English, as well. So why in the world is Duolingo teaching "content" in the early lessons, instead of the grander "heureux/se"? In college, heureux was the primary word used. We were cautioned against using "content" when we really meant "happy." "Content" isn't effusive enough. I would rarely call my dog, "content," although that might apply to my cat. My dog is almost always, "heureux"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/SpaceSketcher

    Gotcha, merci beaucoup!

    July 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lemon_Iced_Tea

    De rien.

    July 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/La_Mariette

    Related question: Would I, as a female, be "heureuse" rather than "heureux"? "Je suis heureuse"?

    August 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Robbadob

    Yes.

    Il est heureux
    Elle est heureuse
    Ils sont heureux
    Elle sont heureuses

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