Emotions in English

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Key sentences

Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How do they look? He has a (emotion) look on his face.
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she look when (event?) She got (emotion).
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she seem? She seemed (emotion).
She looked (emotion).
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
What expression did she have? She (collocation).

Drills

Say these sentences without looking.

He has a (emotion) look on his face.
emotion sentence
surprised He has a surprised look on his face.
bored He has a bored look on his face.
happy He has a happy look on his face.
worried He has a worried look on his face.
How did she look when (event?)
event? sentence
he proposed? How did she look when he proposed?
she opened her present? How did she look when she opened her present?
she saw the ghost? How did she look when she saw the ghost?
she saw the traffic jam? How did she look when she saw the traffic jam?
She got (emotion).
emotion sentence
excited She got excited.
upset She got upset.
worried She got worried.
scared She got scared.
She seemed (emotion).
emotion sentence
happy She seemed happy.
pleased She seemed pleased.
interested She seemed interested.
bored She seemed bored.
She (collocation).
collocation sentence
wore a grin She wore a grin.
flashed a smile She flashed a smile.
turned up her nose She turned up her nose.
lit up She lit up.

Example

Practice this conversation.

Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How do they look? He has a (surprised) look on his face.
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she look when (he proposed?) She got (excited).
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she seem? She seemed (happy).
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
What expression did she have? She (wore a grin).

Change partners. Use your imagination and change the sentences.

Exercise

Use your imagination. Make your own conversation.

Asking about emotions Describing emotions

How do they look?

He has a ... look on his face.

Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she look when ... She got ....
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
How did she seem? She seemed ....
Asking about emotions Describing emotions
What expression did she have? She ....

Change partners. Use your imagination and make another conversation.

Practice

Asking about emotions Describing emotions
Ask your partner how someone felt when they:
  • opened a present
  • failed a test
  • broke up with their boyfriend or girlfriend
  • won a game
Describe how they felt and what facial expression they had.

Further study


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