Grammar Patterns

N at n

The 'anger' group

These nouns refer to emotions and attitudes. The prepositional phrase indicates what the emotion or attitude relates to.
Large crowds later took to the streets to express their anger at yesterday's killings.
Mr Richards had been made aware of their great displeasure at his action.
There is fury at the way the squatters have been allowed to occupy prime land free of charge.
Prince Philip spoke of his sadness at the retirement of the royal yacht, Britannia.
Mr Adams has spoken of his satisfaction at the results of yesterday's local and regional elections.
The preposition at is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
We are tortured by guilt at not being good enough.
My boyfriend seems full of joy at having made a decision about his future.
He spoke of his relief at finding his six-year-old daughter unharmed.
  • amazement
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • awe
  • bewilderment
  • bitterness
  • concern
  • delight
  • despair
  • disappointment
  • disbelief
  • disgust
  • dismay
  • displeasure
  • distress
  • embarrassment
  • exasperation
  • excitement
  • frustration
  • fury
  • glee
  • grief
  • guilt
  • horror
  • joy
  • jubilation
  • laughter
  • outrage
  • rage
  • relief
  • resentment
  • revulsion
  • sadness
  • satisfaction
  • shame
  • shock
  • surprise
  • terror
  • thrill
  • torment
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