Sometime when I shout at my kids, they get scared and also they get sad. How do express this mixed feeling in writing? I wrote as below where Tommy refers my son. Is that the correct way?

Tommy, scared, looked at me sadly.

  • Okay Persian Cat, but my question whether my sentence is correct and whether its means the mixed feeling correctly?
    – T2E
    Commented May 11, 2013 at 22:55
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    There's nothing wrong with your sentence grammatically- whether it conveys the emotions you wish to convey is a question that cannot be answered definitively. I might say Tommy was "scared and hurt" As in- his feelings were hurt.
    – Jim
    Commented May 11, 2013 at 23:11
  • I meant the same as Jim said. :) Commented May 12, 2013 at 10:56

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One possible combination of the words you specified is upset.
I upset Tommy with my shouting.

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