Useful Words and Phrases to Describe How You Feel in English

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A. Feelings and Emotions Vocabulary Word List

  • Comfortable

Providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief

  • Amazed

Filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise

  • Fortunate

Having unexpected good luck

  • Optimistic

Hopeful that the best will happen in the future

  • Pleased

Experiencing or manifesting pleasure

  • Free

Able to act at will

  • Delighted

Greatly pleased

  • Provocative

Serving or tending to excite or stimulate

  • Encouraged

Inspired with confidence

  • Sympathetic

Expressing compassion or friendly fellow feelings

  • Overjoyed

Extremely joyful

  • Impulsive

Without forethought

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B. Emotional Phrases to Express the Feelings

1. Feelings of happiness

  • Jason was whistling merrily as he walked home from school.
  • Mary looked very pleased when her friends sang her a song.
  • Steve was grinning from ear to ear when his parents praised him.
  • Julian flushed with delight when he was declared as the winner of the competition.
  • Peter skipped home cheerfully after school.
  • The girls were in high spirits when they realised that they have made it to the final round of the singing competition.
  • The dog wagged its tail happily as it followed its owner for a walk in the park.
    She was as happy as a lark.

2. Speech (Feelings of happiness)

  • That was amazing!” Jill cried in delight.
  • Thank you so much!” Lucy exclaimed joyfully as the boy returned the wallet to her.
  • Look what I have found! A brand new wallet!” she exclaimed gleefully.
  • My favourite ice-cream!” James squealed in delight.
  • I am sure we will make it to the next round!” said Peter, smiling from ear to ear.

3. Feelings of excitement

  • I was so excited that I could hardly sleep.
  • His heart pounded in excitement as he raced towards the park.
  • Jane was head over heels with excitement when Mrs Tan told her that the class would be going to the cinema.
  • Michelle trembled with excitement as she opened the mystery gift.
  • There was a buzz of excitement in the air as the teams get ready to for the match.
  • I felt a jolt of excitement when Miss Lee told me that I won the first prize in the Math quiz.

4. Feelings of surprise

  • I was truly amazed when the magician turned the girl into a rabbit.
  • He was deeply puzzled by the treasure chest in the corner. “What could be inside?” he wondered.
  • Jessica was fascinated by the tricks that she saw in the magic show.
  • To her great surprise, no one was in the room.
  • Her eyes widened in surprise as the thief approached her.
  • Mandy could not believe her eyes when she saw so many gifts on her table.
  • My eyes nearly popped out when I saw the prize tag on the dress.
  • The news took him by surprise.

5. Feelings of anger

  • She went red with fury when she realized that someone took her bag away.
  • The principal was very crossed with the pupils who played truant.
  • The girl glared at the bullies angrily.
  • She blew her top when she was scolded for no reason.
  • His face was as black as thundercloud. No one dared to go near him.
  • Jimmy clenched his fists in anger and went up to the bullies.
  • Jack’s father was fuming with anger when he could not find Jack in his room.

6. Feelings of disappointment

  • The teacher was utterly disappointed by the pupils’ results.
  • She felt disheartened when she was not chosen to be on the school team.
  • Mary hung her head in disappointment when she failed the test.
  • Her hopes were dashed when she learnt that she was not selected for the play.
  • Susan was dealt with a big blow when her dog passed away.
  • She looked so sad and crestfallen.
  • “I can’t believe we lost the game!” John cried out in dismay.
  • Disappointment was written all over her face.

7. Feelings of fear

  • As the sound of the footsteps became louder, my body started to shiver with fear.
  • May turned pale with fright as the snake glided towards her.
  • I could hear my heart pounding so fast.
  • I stay rooted to the ground, unable to move as I was paralysed with fear.
  • The trip has become a total nightmare for them.
  • “Look out!” Danny shrieked in fright.
  • Joline yelled out in fear as she saw two bears running towards her.
  • I got cold feet at the last minute and decided not to go on the roller coaster ride.

8. Feelings of tiredness

  • I was completely exhausted after a long day at work.
  • She collapsed in exhaustion on her big bed.
  • Samuel rubbed his weary eyes, trying to keep himself awake.
  • He dozed off immediately after he sat on the couch.
  • After a night of computer games, his eyes were bleary.

9. Feelings of curiosity

  • Luke’s curious eyes noticed everything around him.
  • Out of curiosity, she decided to open the black box.
  • Rachel pokes her nose into everything and she was known as the busybody in the class.

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