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    Smile the atmosphere became tense/nervous

    I could feel the atmosphere became tense when she walked into the room.




    Hi,
    I presume "tense" in the above mean "nervous" but I doubt if they are interchangeable. What other words could I use instead of "tense" in the above context? Thanks.


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    Re: the atmosphere became tense/nervous

    Looking at today's posts you seem to have spent the whole day looking for answers.
    Tense relates to tension meaning tightness - so you could say that the atmosphere was tight or taut - but those are not common usages and sound clumsy - tense is definitely the best word.
    Nervous comes from nerves, and since the situation and the atmosphere do not have any nerves, the atmosphere cannot be nervous. The PEOPLE IN the situation can be nervous though, and that is usually what makes the atmosphere tense.
    Nervous should only be used to describe people or animals

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    Smile Re: the atmosphere became tense/nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by Niskelton View Post
    Looking at today's posts you seem to have spent the whole day looking for answers.
    Tense relates to tension meaning tightness - so you could say that the atmosphere was tight or taut - but those are not common usages and sound clumsy - tense is definitely the best word.
    Nervous comes from nerves, and since the situation and the atmosphere do not have any nerves, the atmosphere cannot be nervous. The PEOPLE IN the situation can be nervous though, and that is usually what makes the atmosphere tense.
    Nervous should only be used to describe people or animals
    Thanks, Niskelton.
    Got it.

    By the way, you seem to have been well-informed in the field of etymology according to your answer.


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    Re: the atmosphere became tense/nervous

    Is there a correct answer in the 4 choices?


    The lights in the hall flashed and then went out. The atomosphere in the large, dark space was _______-
    a. nervous b. frightened, c. heated, d. quiet


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    Re: the atmosphere became tense/nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I could feel the atmosphere became tense when she walked into the room.




    Hi,
    I presume "tense" in the above mean "nervous" but I doubt if they are interchangeable. What other words could I use instead of "tense" in the above context? Thanks.
    Nervous is not really applicable here.

    Another possible word is "charged" = which derives from "charged with electricity".

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