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Feelings

feelings

 

The word "feelings" is similar to "emotions." We use this word when one person makes another person sad, or when someone has an emotional attachment to someone or something.

  • He still has strong feelings for her. (He still loves her.)
  • She no longer has any feelings for him. (She doesn’t love him anymore.)
  • Tony got his feelings hurt when a coworker said something negative about his hair.
  • Jose hurt Bianca’s feelings when he said her cookies were mushy.
  • I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings.

If you take the "s" off of "feeling," then the word changes completely. In this case, "feeling" might be a physical response….

  • You won’t have any feeling around that tooth when the dentist gives you the novocain.
  • Vince doesn’t have any feeling in his legs. He’s paralyzed from the waist down.

….or you can use the word "feeling" for an idea:

  • I have a feeling this is going to be a great success.
  • What are your feelings about taking a trip to Panama this summer? (In this example, it’s okay to add the "s.")

Note: In all of these examples, "feeling" or "feelings" is a noun. This is different from the use of "feel" in a continuous tense: How are you feeling? In this question, "feel" is a verb.

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First published on November 3, 2011

Updated on December 15, 2018

 

 

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