I came across this sentence and I wonder which is the right answer
My friend is very polite. He comes from a (respectable/respected) family. Really all people respect them.
I've read all related posts, on this topic, here in the forum, which really helped me understand that
respected = being respected
respectable= worthy of respect whether or not respected
However, when I came across the above sentence, I felt that both are correct! So can anyone help me know and understand which answer is correct?
I'd really like to thank all those we help us understand.
IMO, this isn't a good multiple choice question. Both 'respected family' and 'respectable family' are correct here. If someone's family are honest, behave morally correct and care about their appearance, then he comes from a respectable family. Of course, that doesn't mean that there is anyone that respects his family. Maybe people see that they are cold or arrogant.
If people do have respect for someone's family as a result of any reason, then he / she comes from a respected family.
In your question, whether the person is polite and respected or not, the choice has nothing to do with him. One could be a thief, but comes from a respectable / respected family.