You smile when feeling happy, cry when feeling sad and yelling when feeling upset. How about using language to express these emotions? Knowing how to tell others what you feel is very essential no matter what language you’re speaking. Keep reading to find out how to express anger in English by some of the simplest ways ever!
Using adjectives to express anger in English
To use adjectives to express anger in English is very common. There are many adjectives you can use to describe anger. Let’s take a look at some of them below.
You want to express anger so you say “I’m angry”! It’s just as simple as that. You can also using “I’m getting angry” for the same meaning.
- Did he forgot to bring the book again? I’m getting angry already!
- My mother was so angry with me as I got home late last night.
- Angry as she was, she managed to keep smiling.
Mad is usually used to replace angry when expressing anger in English. It doesn’t literally mean that somebody is having any kinds of mental illness. The metaphor is used here to emphasize that someone is so angry that they can’t control what they do. Some of the most common expressions are: to be mad at, make someone mad.
- I’m so mad right now. I can’t talk to you! – I think we should get back to where we started.
- The traffic is always terrible during this hour, which makes me mad.
You may know this word from the movie Fast and Furious. Furious can sometimes be understood as fierce, violent or extremely angry. You can say “I’m furious with/at someone”, “I’m furious at something” (not furious at something) or “I’m furious + clause”.
- I don’t know why you keep talking about this problem over and over again. I’m getting furious.
- I understand how you feel, but please don’t get too furious. We’re planning on a really good solution at the moment.
- He’s so furious with her for letting him wait for hours.
Using phrases to express anger in English
Of course, there are also some phrases to express anger in English. They maybe a bit more complicated but worth learning. Just continue with some very interesting ways to express your anger.
piss someone off/ to be pissed off
This expression is quite familiar if you love watching movies in English. It’s not rude or offensive to use this term to express anger. However, it may sometimes be considered impolite to used in some situations as piss mean “urine”. So just use this expression carefully when communicating.
- That repeating sound just pisses me off.
- Gruhhh, I was so pissed off at work today!
- Don’t piss off. That’s not a big deal at all.
The phrase blow up literally means to explore. You can see that it’s a metaphor. If you are using “I can just blow up” to show your anger, you want to say that you’re angry enough to explore! As you’re so hot and red at that moment.
- I’m really sorry for blowing up at you yesterday.
- My dad blew up when he discovered the broken chair.
- She finally blew up as the kids started to cry loudly.
- He was totally blown up because of her unbelievable story.
drive someone crazy
Both drive someone crazy and make someone crazy can be used to inform that someone is very angry. These expressions are really common in spoken English.
- It drives me crazy when seeing you holding his hand. I can’t ignore this any longer.
- He makes me crazy all the time with his awful voice. I wish he’ll stop singing every morning.
- Can you just stop complaining for once? You’ve been driving me crazy the whole day.
to bite someone’s head off
This is a way to express extreme anger in English. To bite someone’s head off is to scold or yell angrily at someone suddenly or with no possible reasons. Just imaging someone who is very angry and speaks loudly to you, their mouth is opened wide enough to cover your whole head!
- I asked my boss if he could come to the meeting in the afternoon, and he just bit my head off.
- Take it easy! I’m just here for helping you. Don’t bite my head off!
the last straw
The last straw is something that comes at the end or on the top of many difficulties, problems or annoyances, which makes everything worse and unbearable.
This idiom has its origin in the old English proverb “it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back”. A straw is light and small. It’s like nothing that matters. However, when it reaches the limit of bearability, it becomes a serious problem.
- I can handle your bad temper well enough, but cheating is the last straw.
- Your being late today is the last straw. You don’t need to come here anymore.
- You know it was the last straw when she burst into tears.
How to relax someone who’s angry
Some people are just slightly angry and others are uncontrollably angry. However, it’s sometimes worth taking an effort to get them relaxed. Here are some expressions you can consider.
- Calm down
- Cool down
- Keep it down
- Take it easy
- Chill out
- Just relax
- Don’t take it too serious
- I know it must be difficult
- I understand how you feel
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