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    I am gloomy about you as you are not in well condition physically.
    I am gloomy about my servant because he has been ill for two days.

    • Am I right to use the word ''gloomy''(sad and unhappy about situations or persons) here?

    Ali was sitting in the garden having gloomy expression on his face.

    • Can I use ''gloomy expression'' here?


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    Quote Originally Posted by moqaddas View Post
    I am gloomy about you as you are not in well condition (physically).
    I am gloomy about my servant because he has been ill for two days.

    Am I right to use the word ''gloomy''(sad and unhappy perhaps without hope about situations or persons) here?

    We are normally just gloomy, not gloomy about things or people, though we can be gloomy (= pessimistic) about future prospects:

    "I am gloomy about my servant's chances (of survival)."

    Ali was sitting in the garden having with a gloomy expression on his face.

    Can I use ''gloomy expression'' here? Yes
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    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Jun-2011 at 06:24.

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    "Gloom" dark, resulting in "gloomy" adjective, often used as sad or despondent. So it can be used to describe a person or a place.

    "Ali was sitting in his gloomy room with a gloomy expression on his face."

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    Default Re: gloomy

    I am worried/concerned about you sounds better than gloomy to me.

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    Default Re: gloomy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    "Gloom" dark, resulting in "gloomy" adjective, often used as sad or despondent. So it can be used to describe a person or a place.

    "Ali was sitting in his gloomy room with a gloomy expression on his face."

    M.
    I would tend to use "glum" for an expression on someone's face, and "gloomy" for atmosphere or weather. That may just be my personal preference of course.

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    Default Re: gloomy

    Me too.

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    Default Re: gloomy

    In spite of personal preferences, I still see “gloomy day, gloomy faces, gloomy news, gloomy predictionsappearing in many a text.

    Respectfully,


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    Last edited by Mannysteps; 13-Jun-2011 at 19:24.

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    Default Re: gloomy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    In spite of personal preferences, I still see “gloomy day, gloomy faces, gloomy news, gloomy predictionsappearingin many a text.
    emsr2d2 and BobK are probably in the majority, but some people do indeed speak of gloomy faces, etc.

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    Default Re: gloomy

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    emsr2d2 and BobK are probably in the majority, but some people do indeed speak of gloomy faces, etc.
    ...especially when the adjective is predicative (): 'He was surrounded by faces that all looked gloomy.'

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