14. Feelings

14. Feelings

Katie has boyfriend problems.

Main Practice:  Vocabulary for Feelings
Revision:            Present Simple  -  Present Perfect

angry - to show strong feelings of displeasure, annoyance, i.e.

  • I'm very angry with my sister: she borrowed my computer without asking me.
  • The factory near my house has polluted the river. I'm really angry about it.
Note: angry with a person; angry about a situation.

determined  -  a firm feeling or fixed purpose to do something, i.e.

  • He's a very strong person. He's determined to get well again after his accident.
  • She practises five hours a day. She's determined to become a concert pianist.

guilty  -  feeling responsible for doing something wrong, i.e.
  • He was driving the car when they had the accident. His girl-friend broke her legs. He feels really guilty about it.
  • He was working away a lot. His children didn't see him much. Now he's guilty that he didn't try to find a job nearer home. 

 -  feeling alone; feeling sad because you're on your own, i.e.

  • My grandmother feels lonely in the evenings so I try to visit her two or three times a week.

pessimistic  -  (Adjective) expecting something bad or negative will happen, i.e.
  • I'm pessimistic about his journey across the desert; I don't feel he has prepared for it well enough.
  • Her brother's optimistic but she's a real pessimist (noun) about everything.

 -  a feeling of being surprised and upset, i.e. 

  • When he told me he'd lost his job I was shocked.
  • It shocked me that the waiter was so rude when I asked why our food hadn't come.

suspicious  -  a feeling that someone has done something wrong; or someone has committed
                           a crime, i.e.
  • It's suspicious that David said he's ill and can't come to my party when Mary saw him playing football only yesterday. 
  • The police were suspicious when he said he'd been at home watching TV but couldn't remember any of the programmes he watched. 

physically aggressive  - to show anger and hostility with physical violence, i.e. 
  • When I accused him of damaging my car he became physically aggressive
  • It's too easy for her to become physically aggressive; she needs help to learn to control her temper.

Katie talks to her mother, Sam, about her boyfriend, Carl, who is being possessive.

Complete the sentences.

Sam:   So, how are things going with Carl?

Katie: Not good, Mum. He wants to know where I am and what I'm doing all the time. He's not
             very but I am, I want to go out with my friends. He says he gets when 
             I'm not with him. 

Sam:   It sounds like he's trying to control your life.

Katie: He gets and thinks I'm seeing another man. It's ridiculous. I get and
              shout at him and then I feel .

Sam:   Is he ever aggressive, I mean, physically?

Katie:  No, but he's to stop me seeing my friends. I'm very about
              our relationship.

Sam:   Well, I'm , Katie, and you can't let this continue. Have you told your
             father about it?

Katie:  Not yet, but I will.


Complete the sentences with the language you've practised.

determined  -  shocked  -  pessimistic  -  angry  -  sociable  -  guilty  -
aggressive  -  suspicious  -  lonely  

1.  She studies very hard; she's to get high grades in her exams.

2.  He was always a guy; I'm not surprised he's been found of
     attacking someone.

3.  He's not very . He spends a lot of time alone but says he's not .

4.  - My business is going to fail, I just know it is.
     - Nonsense, don't be so . Analyse the problems then get advice from your
        financial advisor.

5.     Today was the third time I've been late for work this week. My boss was really .

6.     -  Have you heard? A teacher caught Patrick stealing from other student's bags.
        -  I'm not : I was thought it was that he never came with us for
           coffee break.