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Different Ways of Expressing Feelings in English

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Sometimes you will need to express emotion such as joy or sorrow to the person you’re talking to. This page will list the different ways of expressing feelings in English.

Alternative Ways of Expressing Feelings

Asking about Feelings

To ask about feelings you can use the following questions:

  • How are you feeling today?
  • You look sad/upset. Are you OK?
  • You seem a little bit distracted. Are you alright?
  • You seem kind of low today. What’s wrong?
  • You seem a little blue today. What’s the matter?
  • What’s wrong?
  • What’s the matter?
  • Are you OK/alright?
  • Are you happy/angry…?
  • Is everything OK/alright…?

Expressing Feelings

To respond to a question about feelings you can use the following expressions.

  • I feel a little sad/happy/angry/…
  • I am a little sad/happy/angry/…
  • To be honest, I’m a little bit sad/happy/ angry/…
  • It’s been a difficult day.
  • The thing is that I am angry/sad/…
  • I am mad at him/her…

Vocabulary about Feelings

  • Sad/unhappy
  • Feel blue
  • Feel low/down
  • Depressed
  • Downhearted
  • Angry
  • Cross
  • Annoyed
  • Irritated
  • Mad
  • Furious
  • Vexed
  • Indignant
  • Irate
  • Seething

How to Express Feelings | Infographic

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Denis Todègnon AKANNI HONVO

Saturday 7th of August 2021

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Friday 4th of September 2020

These are great ideas. Very useful for discussions and activities with students.