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    Hi,

    Is this correct..?

    You are angry with a person and angry at a thing.

    Thanks

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    Re: Angry With, AT

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Is this correct..?

    You are angry with a person and angry at a thing.

    Thanks
    You can be angry with someone and angry about something.

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    Re: Angry With, AT

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    You can be angry with someone and angry about something.
    Thus being angry at a thing is incorrect??

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    Re: Angry With, AT

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    Thus being angry at a thing is incorrect??
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: Angry With, AT

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it is.
    Can you give me some sentences as examples for "angry with someone" and "angry about something"...

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    Re: Angry With, AT

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Can you give me some sentences as examples for "angry with someone" and "angry about something"...
    I am angry with my son for crashing the car.
    I am angry with my boss because he didn't give me a pay rise.
    Most of the population are angry about the new tax increases.

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    Re: Angry With, AT

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it is.
    I'm afraid I must disagree with Bhaisahab here: 'angry at' is a possible collocation, particularly where the noun that follows is some kind of condition, situation or abstract notion, for instance

    He was angry at his own inability to express his feelings.

    Here his 'inability' is rather the cause of his anger than its 'object' in the normal sense, so that 'angry about' could also be used here with no appreciable difference in meaning.

    Informally, also, 'angry at' is sometimes used with people, whereas 'angry with' is the more standard expression.

    Occasionally, however, one may even be angry with something, if that thing is a physical object towards which anger is directed exactly as if towards a person, e.g.

    There's no point getting angry with your car and shouting at it just because it won't start the first time!

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