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feel stress or stressed



light Blue
Egypt

feel stress or stressed
 
 hello people :)
wanna ask ..... when we have to use "I feel stress" and when to use "I feel stressed" ? and is there any difference in meaning ?

10 May 2015      





cunliffe
United Kingdom

We use stressed as an adjective, so we say I feel stressed/I m stressed.  Stress as a noun, How do you cope with stress? You could reply, I do feel/get stress, but I cope by having a little glass, However, you are more likely to reply, I do get stressed....  

10 May 2015     



light Blue
Egypt

OH , thank you for help dear .....  but do u mean that "I feel stress" is grammatically wrong?

10 May 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

No, not wrong exactly. It s like saying, I feel excitement, rather than I feel excited. I can think of examples where you would use it e.g. I could feel the stress coursing through me...  
 
I hope you will get a better explanation! 

10 May 2015     



Peter Hardy
Australia

No, that s not wrong, but not something we d say when we mean we re stressed. The noun is more used like the example Lynne gave you.  My example:  I don t drink when I m stressed. I prefer a good massage to get rid of the daily stress.  Cheers, Peter

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10 May 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I love that gif! That squirrel no longer feels any stress! He felt stressed yesterday when the cat chased him. 

10 May 2015     



yanogator
United States

As you can tell from the answers so far, the difference is a little difficult to see. You will usually say "II feel/am stressed" to describe the effect something has on you. If you say "I feel stress", it is a more general statement about the sense/awareness of the stress, rather than how it is affecting your body at the moment.

So, to generalize (probably too much), in almost all situations, it s better to use "stressed" with the word "feel".

Bruce

10 May 2015