General Writing and Grammar Help/feeling, emotion
What is the difference between "emotion" and "feeling" in English?
Thank you very much
Please forgive my delay in answering. Life does not always adhere to my best-laid plans and intentions!:(
This is so difficult to explain, but I'll sure give it a go: On one hand, "emotion" is the WAY a person FEELS. So, in that sense, one follows the other, i.e., "I feel emotional." "Emotion" is a state of being, of mind, of the senses -- it doesn't have quite as many meanings as "feeling" has in the English language. A "feeling" can be a hunch, a gut instinct: "I have a bad feeling about this person," or it can describe "emotion," i.e., "I feel sadness; I feel grief" (sadness and grief are emotions). "Feeling" also employs the sense of touch, as in "This fabric is coarse; it doesn't feel good against my skin," and, to take that even further, it can refer to the sense of touch/"feeling" as in pain: "I have a sore feeling in my throat" or "I broke my leg, and it hurts" (the latter implying "feeling" in a physical way).
However, if you said, "I feel lonely," you would interpret loneliness as a feeling AND as an emotion, so sometimes they don't follow one another, but mean the same thing. But on the whole, "emotion" has fewer meanings and is a more "static" word than "feeling," which can be used in a variety of ways and therefore is a more "dynamic" word.
I know that's complicated, but I don't know how to explain it better -- I just hope I haven't confused you further!
All the best,
Catherine Van Herrin