I made up this sentence.

People feel regret after breaking up with their spouse.
People feel regretful after breaking up with their spouse.

Is there any difference in nuance?

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    There is not really much difference at all in constructions like these, noun vs. adjective. Certainly there is no meaningful distinction between the two.
    – Robusto
    Apr 29, 2017 at 4:48

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There's no difference in meaning.

If you are/feel regretful, you feel regret. So you can use either a noun or an adjective after the verb feel. However, the first sentence with the noun "regret" is more common.


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