Hello, everyone! Today I want to talk about the words «jealous» and «envious». These two words cause a lot of confusion for many, even most native speakers.
The word «jealous» is defined as the fear that someone will take something away from you, usually relating to relationships. The word «envious» means that you want something that someone else has. Let’s look at some examples!
I’m very jealous over my boyfriend. He’s mine!
I’m jealous of that guy. You text him way to much!
Woah, your car is so nice! I’m envious.
I envy whoever wins the lottery this month.
But, there is something you must know about the two words. Most native speakers use the word «jealous» in a place of both of these words! Many of us don’t use the word «envious» at all!
Therefore, «I’m jealous of your car» and «I’m envious of your car» become basically the same sentence. But using «jealousy» and «envy» in the right places will make you seem very intelligent and fluent in English. So I recommend learning the difference.