Which of these two sentences is correct, and why?

The satisfaction I got from helping others instigated my interest in the world of medicine.

The satisfaction I felt from helping others instigated my interest in the world of medicine.


Why do you think one is right and one is wrong?

You can get (="obtain") satisfaction from something, and you can feel satisfaction from something.

Having said that, I would be more inclined to say "feel satisfaction at something" rather than from something, but I wouldn't say "from" is wrong.

  • If they both are right, how do I know which to use? What is the difference between getting satisfaction vs feeling satisfaction? – Kayla Jun 6 '19 at 18:06
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    @Kayla It's the same difference as that between getting food and eating food. What is the specific thing you are trying to describe? The action of obtaining satisfaction or the sensation of experiencing it? Note that it's possible to describe both at the same time—even though it's a bit more long-winded: The feeling of satisfaction I got from . . . But, really, the meanings are so close that it comes down to whichever sounds better to you. – Jason Bassford Jun 7 '19 at 14:48

In the example given, there is little or no difference of meaning, and which to use is purely a matter of style. The version with "felt" emphasized the emotions of the person feeling satisfaction, while the other version treats it as more of an objective fact. That is a question of what the speaker or author wants to convey. It is also a rather subtle difference.

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