Grammar Patterns

N for n

The 'love' and 'hatred' group

These nouns refer to feelings and attitudes. The prepositional phrase indicates who or what the feeling or attitude relates to.
Their hatred for one other is legendary.
Her love for Jim only seemed to grow stronger when he became ill.
I have great sympathy for the woman who was so badly treated.
He astonished one with his continuing zest for life.
Note that in the case of fear, the prepositional phrase refers to something or someone that is at risk, not something that is feared.
Leading human rights lawyers there have expressed fears for their safety and accused the government of intimidation.
  • admiration
  • affection
  • affinity
  • appreciation
  • aversion
  • compassion
  • concern
  • consideration
  • contempt
  • disdain
  • disregard
  • disrespect
  • distaste
  • empathy
  • enthusiasm
  • fascination
  • fear
  • feeling
  • fondness
  • hatred
  • liking
  • loathing
  • love
  • mania
  • nostalgia
  • partiality
  • passion
  • penchant
  • pity
  • predilection
  • preference
  • regard
  • respect
  • reverence
  • scorn
  • sympathy
  • taste
  • weakness
  • zest
  • There is also one noun, sucker, which refers to a person with a particular attitude.
    I'm a sucker for anything sung in either French or Japanese.

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