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English: Expressing feelings

It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside .

It is … to think that …
It is worrying to think that …
It is exciting to think that …
It is comforting to think that…
It is amusing to think that …
It is irritating to think that …

feel obliged / compelled / impelled to do sth 

  • .. experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, … 
  • President Nixon felt compelled to resign. 
  • He felt impelled to point out that they were making a dangerous mistake.

feel guilty: 

  • Even really honest people are made to feel guilty. 

I find young people exciting.

be always / forever / constantly / continually / frequently / invariably  doing sth |

do sth all the time  / time and time again / with monotonous regularity / ad nauseam / to a sickening extent

keep (on) doing sth 

  • Your behavior reflects on me, and I can’t do my job if you’re constantly humiliating me. Constantly? Aside from today, give me one example.
  • The same old favorites recur year in and year out with monotonous regularity. 

W: I thought the doctor said you should stay off your foot until the swelling goes down. M: She did. It just makes me uncomfortable to ask my friends to wait on me all the time. What does the man mean?

Why do you keep on making the same mistakes?

2.表示 “到底……” 用于疑问句中。
‘Whatever are you doing up here Bill?’ asked the vicar in surprise.
Wherever did you go yesterday?
Whenever am I going to see you again?
(A) These things take time to learn.
(B) Will you study anymore?
(C) Why do you keep on making the same mistakes?
(D) It will be a good learning experience for you.
When will you ever learn?
Answer: (C) Why do you keep on making the same mistakes?

whenever, wherever, whoever, whichever …
Wherever did you go yesterday?
When ever am I going to see you again?
on earth
What on earth has happened to trouble you so?
in the world
What in the world are you doing here at seven in the morning?
in God’s / heaven’s name
What in God’s name was that huge bang?
Where in heaven’s name have you been?
the hell
What the hell was that noise?
How the hell are we going to do that?

appreciate [ə’pri:ʃɪeɪt] v. 欣赏;感激

appreciate music / appreciate wine

  • I count my blessings (twice).
  • I am fortunate … 
  • I feel blessed … 

I appreciate your help.
I appreciate it.
be appreciative of …
I’m most appreciative of your concern for my health.

in appreciation of …

I sent him a gift in appreciation of his help.
I’m thankful / grateful to you for your help.
I’m much obliged to you for your advice.
I’m deeply indebted to you for your encouragement.

I owe you (one).

I owe you a lot.
I owe you a big favor.

owe sth. to sb. 

owe sb. sth.

  • We owe our parents a lot. 
  • I owe you (one). 
  • I owe you a lot / a great deal. 
  • I owe you. IOU 
  • How much do I owe you? (欠)
  • Well, that’ll be eighteen dollars and seventy cents. No charge
  • for the cleanup. It’s on the house. 
  • You owe him an apology / explanation. (应该)
  • I feel like I owe you an explanation. I don’t ordinarily go around kissing guys at parties. 

apologize to sb. for sth. 

  • make an apology to sb. for sth.
    say sorry to sb. for sth.
    be apologetic about sth.

be surprised / amazed / astonished / astounded to find that / to learn that etc.

When the archaeologists reconstructed the fragments, they were amazed to find that the
goddess turned out to be a very modern-looking woman.
A short time ago, villagers were astonished to learn that the ghost of Endley had died.

be ashamed of sth / to do sth. 

  • shame/disgrace/humiliate v. 
  • bring shame/disgrace/humiliation on 
  • what a shame!
  • Shame on you. 
  • put sb/sth to shame

They have all been put to shame by a boy who, while playing truant, travelled 1,600 miles.

  • hardened adj. someone who is hardened has had a lot of difficult or unpleasant experiences and is no longer much affected by such things
    a hardened criminal / police officer etc.
    The children became hardened to the violence.
  • I feel off today
  • to be a hot mess (chaos, disorganized)
  • to feel puzzled
  • to have mixed feelings
  • to be unable to pin sth down
  • I can’t pin down how I feel …
  • to put my figure on it, but sth is just not right. 
  • I’m struggling to figure out how I feel…
  • I don’t have the foggiest idea how I feel about …
  • It’s beyond me. 
  • It’s more than I can describe/say. 
  • I can’t make out how I feel about …
  • I’m all over the place. 
  • I’m torn between …
  • I am on the fence whether … 

If there is one — which I take leave to doubt – then it is older people who create it, not the young themselves.

If there is heaven — which I take leave to doubt — then it is the rich and powerful who can enter, not the poor themselves. 

If there is one, (doubt) 

at all in questions

  • Do you know him at all?
  • He will come before dinner if he comes at all. 
  • rub sb. the wrong way
  • get on one’s nerves

To be thrilled/delight/

to be giddy with excitement (dizzy, light hearted, overwhelming)


feel blue/down in the dumps

to have a heavy heart

I am not really feeling it. (disinterested)

  • to be prickly (offended, frustrated
  • to explode with anger
  • I am about to explode
  • to be furious


  • to feel or to be worn down
  • to be worn out (overused, exhausted, physically)
  • to take a breather (relax)
  • to be exhausted
  • I feel ya.
  • I know the feeling.
  • Let’s walk through it / what happened. 
  • Tell me more about your thoughts
  • Let’s talk about / explore the pros and cons. 
  • What feels right/wrong to you about this?
  • What’s causing you to feel conflicted?


  • furrowed / knitted brows (frustrated)

Jackie furrowed her brows as she worried about her son’s health.

  • raised brows (surprised, amused, bewildered)
  • arched brow in disbelief / skepticism

Eyes are the windows to a soul.

  • a blank stare – confused, clueless, overwhelmed
  • lost in daydream
  • stare off into space
  • be not present in the moment
  • sparkle/twinkle in one’s eyes
  • narrowed eyes – pang / jealous / suspicious / determined / focused 
  • teary-eyed: sad / overwhelmed


  • a tight-lipped smile 
  • pursed lips: disapproval
  • scowl: furious, hard and severe face
  • down-turned lips / mouth


  • jutted chin
  • lifted/raised chin (superior, arrogance)
  • dropped jaw, jaw-dropping

dissimulate: mask, disguise, cover up

Louis XI once said, “He who knows not how to dissimulate, can not reign.”

To bottle up your emotions means suppressing your innermost feelings. It is when you avoid venting out what you really feel. There is the fear that you may appear weak, or you just prefer keeping your emotions to yourself, which is common. It’s like sweeping the dirt under the rug and keep the lid of a boiling pot.