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    Default feelings of reaching out / to reach out

    Hi,

    Which is idiomatic?

    1. He has feelings of reaching out, of getting himself understood.

    2. He has feelings to reach out, to get himself understood.

    I guess 1. is idiomatic.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: feelings of reaching out / to reach out

    Quote Originally Posted by taked4700 View Post
    Hi,

    Which is idiomatic?

    1. He has feelings of reaching out, of getting himself understood.

    2. He has feelings to reach out, to get himself understood.

    I guess 1. is idiomatic.

    Thanks in advance.
    Neither is entirely correct.
    "He has a yearning/desire to reach out."
    "He has dreams of reaching out."

    The problem I have with "feelings of reaching out" is that until he actually reaches out, he can't have "feelings of reaching out". He has feelings that make him want to reach out. Nevertheless, 1 would be understood. 2 is definitely wrong.

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    Default Re: feelings of reaching out / to reach out

    Thank you, Raymott.

    Honestly speaking, I myself noticed that the sentences would be a bit unnatural because he would not be able to feel it when he didn't try it actually.

    I must say many thanks to you for your kind explanation.

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    Default Re: feelings of reaching out / to reach out

    I think that those sentences should have been like:

    1. He has feelings of wanting to reach out, of hoping to get himself understood.

    2. He has feelings to want to reach out, to hope to get himself understood.

    I think these would make my question more natural.



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    Default Re: feelings of reaching out / to reach out

    Quote Originally Posted by taked4700 View Post
    I think that those sentences should have been like:

    1. He has feelings of wanting to reach out, of hoping to get himself understood.

    2. He has feelings to want to reach out, to hope to get himself understood.

    I think these would make my question more natural.


    #1 is natural, but not as natural as Raymott's alternatives.

    Rover

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