LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/JUN/2003 1:01 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: Sorrow PAT|
It sounds formal because it is.
Both "sorrow" and "sorrowful" are little used in common speech, at least in the US.
"sorrow" is mostly used as a noun; to use it as a verb such as
"I am sorrowing" or "we have sorrowed" is rare.
"I felt deep sorrow" or "I felt deeply sorrowful" is the usual context.
The opposite word "joy" follows the same rule, and is also little used in actual speech. "Happiness", and "happy" for "joyful" are used instead. Also, one often hears "I feel sad", but it is more correct to say: "I am sad" or "I feel sadness".
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