Angry state of my father is very terrifying.

When my father is angry He is very terrifying.

Does these sentence have nearly same meaning . I mean if I say the first sentence instead of the second one would hearer can understand me very well?

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    Your first version is syntactically invalid unless you precede it by the definite article (The angry state...)*, but even then it's not at all idiomatic. The second version is fine, but if you specifically want to include the word state, consider My father in his/an angry state is terrifying. BTW - "terrifying" doesn't take "gradeable intensifiers" very well, only "end-of-the-spectrum" qualifiers - so you can be completely or totally terrified, but it's unusual to be rather, a bit, or very terrified Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 16:49
  • (Being terrified is a bit like being pregnant; no half-measures - you either are or you aren't! :) Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 16:52
  • Please fix your punctuation.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 16:34

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The first is odd, but not incorrect. Simply in colloquial speech we don't talk about emotions in terms of "The angry state ..."

The second is good, except the pronoun "he" shouldn't have a capital letter. I would also not use "very terrifying" (since terrifying already very)


Either sentence would be well enough understood, but either would also be quickly recognized as produced by a non-native speaker.

One way to say it more naturally is, "When my father is angry, it's terrifying." Here, you could say my instead of it's, but the "m" is lower case. Note too that there aren't degrees of terrifying, so no very.

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    I do not agree that "When my father is angry, he's terrifying" is less idiomatic than "When my father is angry, it's terrifying." In fact, "he's" seems to me more natural than "it's." I suspect that you are reacting to the odd punctuation and capitalization rather than the actual wording. Perhaps consider editing? Commented Mar 14, 2020 at 3:50

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