In awe is an idiom that means:

Having a great amount of respect or admiration for someone, sometimes to the point of feeling nervous or fearful around them.

It can take other forms and means the same thing, like:

  • It left you [in awe / awed].

  • That always leaves you [in awe / awed].

As "awed" is a participle adjective, can I substitute other synonyms to it with preserving the indicated meaning of its origin, such as:

It left you stupefied.


It left you alarmed.


I'm aware that those two, even if they are considered synonyms to "awed" according to Thesaurus, mean different things.

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    Yes, you can substitute other past participles in this sentence. No, the meaning won't be the same. – JavaLatte May 25 '19 at 13:14
  • Thank you JavaLatte. Would they also be substituted in the structure "left you in awe", like: "It left you in stupefy/alarm" And, would they mean the same thing in their structure "It left stupified/alarmed"? – Tasneem ZH May 25 '19 at 19:01
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    Yes you can, if you use the right noun form. alarm and fear both work, but stupefy is not a noun form- use the corresponding noun, stupefaction, instead. – JavaLatte May 26 '19 at 10:35

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