Hello. Could you help me? Which one is correct or both?

People seek out (respectable - respected) professions

Thank you.

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Hi, Ahmed,

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Hello. Could you help me? Which one is correct or both?

People seek out (respectable - respected) professions

Thank you.

If my friend were alive, he would go directly with 'respectable', which is the model answer used by many authors of the outside books.  Although 'respectable' is more common than 'respected' here, I see that both are grammatically correct and acceptable. In fact, I once had a discussion with the editor of Longman Website about a similar issue. In brief, when something is 'respectable', it means that it is 'satisfactory' or 'good enough' (See LDOCE), while 'respected' means it is admired and considered important by many people. (See Collins). 

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Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

People seek out (respectable - respected) professions.

"Respectable" is more to the point. A respectable profession is one that is worthy of people's respect, of being respected by people. A respected profession is one that actually is respected by people, whether or not it is worthy of their respect.  I think of Marlon Brando in The Godfather. Is the "profession" of crime boss respectable? I don't think so. Nevertheless, it commands some people's respect.

marlon brando

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