Is it proper to say this sentence below:

I cannot handle my starvation.

I am trying to express that I am very hungry using exaggeration.

The word "starvation" represents:

suffering or death caused by lack of food.

Which seems to be what I need here.

But I need confirmation on it. Or, do I have to say something like:

I cannot handle how hungry I am.

  • Are you talking about actual starvation (being nearly dead from lack of food) or just a colloquial way of saying that you are very hungry? Dec 21, 2022 at 10:31
  • @KateBunting Just a way of saying that I am very hungry, it's an exaggeration. Dec 21, 2022 at 10:32

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People usually just say "I'm starving!" rather than referring to starvation, which sounds a bit too literal for this colloquial context.

Also, I cannot handle sounds rather serious. It would be more natural to say something like

I'm so hungry I don't know what to do with myself!"


Yes you can and it's quite correct to say that


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