Are feelings always a noun? For example, "headache" or "nausea". Why I am asking this question is because I always have a problem with countable and uncountable nouns. First job is identify the nouns. Thus, I am asking is feeling a noun always.

  • The feeling in I'm not feeling well is not a noun. – Damkerng T. Jan 29 '14 at 13:14
  • A word that can be replaced by he/she/it is a noun singular and a word that can be replaced by they is a noun plural. And you can place the article before a noun (in most cases. It works not so well with proper nouns). – rogermue Oct 27 '14 at 7:17
  • headache and nausea are not feelings. They are physical states. feelings would be: anger, happiness, annoyance, irritation, etc. – Lambie Sep 6 at 12:58

A noun is generally defined as "a person, place, thing, or idea". So a thing that you are feeling or can feel must be a noun, because it is a "thing". So yes, "headache", "nausea", "happiness", "depression", etc, are all nouns.

The state of feeling a certain way is an adjective. So in "I feel nauseous" or "The happy man left the room", "nauseous" and "happy" are adjectives.

  • You should cover verb usages as well: nauseating, saddening, angering, etc. – tuespetre Feb 2 '14 at 2:26
  • Well, okay. Sure, there are verbs for some things that cause a feeling. Like you say, "His actions angered me" or "The bad food sickened me." Note that "nauseating" is most often used as an adjective, as in "That movie was so bad it was nauseating." I think we usually say that something "made me feel X" or "made me X" rather than "it Xed me". For example, we say, "That made me happy". No one says, "That happied me." – Jay Feb 3 '14 at 2:49
  • True and valid point. – tuespetre Feb 3 '14 at 3:15

"Feel" is a verb. It's present participle is "feeling", as @Damkerng T. mentioned in the comments.

However, "feeling" is also the noun. It is countable. Here are some examples of its usage:

I have a feeling tonight's going to be a good night.

It's an uncomfortable feeling, knowing that it could all be over soon.

I hate feelings of pain; headaches, nausea etc.


I couldn't resist citing this welll-known phrase:

I have a bad feeling about this

(just to make an example of feeling used as a noun)

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