25 Feelings Collocations in Context

Read carefully this text where you will find feelings collocations in context and then complete the quiz.

I experienced a roller coaster of emotions when my son was born (many different emotions one after another). During my wife’s pregnancy, I was ridiculously excited about the prospect of becoming a dad. On the big day, I’d imagined that everything would go smoothly and we’d be blissfully happy – but there were complications during the delivery and my wife had to have emergency surgery while I waited in the reception area, worried sick (very worried). 

As time went by, I got increasingly anxious because the doctors weren’t telling me anything. After two hours I was seething with anger (ready to explode with anger), and I shouted at one of the nurses. Then the security guards came and escorted me out of the hospital. 

My wife was visibly disappointed (it was obvious that she was disappointed) that I wasn’t by her side when she woke up from surgery. She didn’t say anything – she’s not really one to show her feelings; she prefers to bottle up her emotions (keep her emotions hidden inside her) – but I knew I had let her down and I was terribly sorry that I had lost my temper (lost control and shown anger). 

The months that followed were tough. My wife became deeply depressed, and I too was an emotional wreck (a person who is very sad, confused, and upset) as I tried to juggle the demands of work and family life. But now things are starting to turn around – I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the all help we’ve gotten from our friends and neighbors. 

I’m just immensely grateful that my wife and son are healthy, and sometimes I’m overwhelmed with emotion as I reflect on how lucky we are (when emotion is so strong that it’s difficult to think or speak). 

Do you know any other collocation or expression related to family? Share with us!… and keep on task learning more collocations in context or 25 relationship collocations in contex!

25 Feelings Collocations in Context

Quiz

Circle the best word to complete each sentence with the right feelings collocation in context: 

1. At his mother’s funeral, he was so incapacitated / overwhelmed /seething with emotion that he couldn’t finish his speech. 

2. I was deeply / pleasantly / significantly surprised by the excellent customer service – that company really cares about its customers. 

3. I’m sorry I forgot / lost / wrecked my temper with you yesterday. It was a really stressful day at work. 

4. Instead of confronting his issues, he bottles / guards / rolls up his emotions and tries to pretend everything’s OK. 

5. It’s normal to go through a helicopter / roller coaster / ocean wave of emotions after the end of a long-term relationship. 

6. My mother was worried bad / ill / sick when it passed midnight and my brother still hadn’t come home. 

7. The boss was pleasantly / sickly / visibly annoyed when the employees told him about the problems. 

8. The fans were seething with anger / disappointment / temper when the team lost the game in the last 5 minutes. 

9. We’re badly / horribly / terribly sorry, but we won’t be able to go to your graduation. 

10. We’re blissfully / immensely / largely grateful for all the help you’ve given us in this project. 

To keep on improving your speaking skills, have a look at this post on savvy synonyms for overused words in speaking.

Answer key

Circle the best word to complete each sentence with the right feelings collocation in context: 

1. At his mother’s funeral, he was so overwhelmed with emotion that he couldn’t finish his speech. 

2. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent customer service – that company really cares about its customers. 

3. I’m sorry I lost my temper with you yesterday. It was a really stressful day at work. 

4. Instead of confronting his issues, he bottles up his emotions and tries to pretend everything’s OK. 

5. It’s normal to go through a roller coaster of emotions after the end of a long-term relationship. 

6. My mother was worried sick when it passed midnight and my brother still hadn’t come home. 

7. The boss was visibly annoyed when the employees told him about the problems. 

8. The fans were seething with anger when the team lost the game in the last 5 minutes. 

9. We’re terribly sorry, but we won’t be able to go to your graduation. 

10. We’re immensely grateful for all the help you’ve given us in this project. 

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