Language Tips


Liz Potter
Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at adjectives that mean making you feel worried:

worrying making you feel worried:

  • The most worrying trend is the sharp decline in exports.
  • The situation is very worrying.

Worrisome means the same as worrying and is used mainly in American English: There’s nothing more worrisome than leaving your child home alone.

disturbing something that is disturbing makes you feel extremely worried, especially because it seems morally wrong:

  • I found the ideas in the book deeply disturbing.
  • This is disturbing news.

troubling a troubling problem or situation makes you feel worried, especially because you do not know what to do about it:

  • The killing raises troubling questions about racism in our society.
  • All of these medications have side effects that can be troubling.

concerning making you feel slightly worried:

  • We will be looking at these break-ins, which are disruptive and very concerning.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘making you feel worried‘.

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