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    Angry at/Angry with

    What is the difference between "I am angry with him" and "I am angry at him" ?

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    Quote Originally Posted by Memar View Post
    What is the difference between "I am angry with him" and "I am angry at him" ?
    Until a few decades ago, I only heard 'angry at him'. 'angry with him' seems to be new, and I don't know where it came from. Maybe it came from 'I am happy with him.'


    I prefer 'angry at him'. And I would only say 'My anger is directed at him.' I would not say 'My anger is directed with him.'

    I am interested in the comments of others.

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    What is the difference between "I am angry with him" and "I am angry at him" ?
    They have somehow a same meaning, both indicating angriness at/with some one.

    If you're mad at some one, you could be either angry with or angry at him or her, both cases are correct in my opinion.

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    I don't see any difference at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Until a few decades ago, I only heard 'angry at him'. 'angry with him' seems to be new, and I don't know where it came from. Maybe it came from 'I am happy with him.'


    I prefer 'angry at him'. And I would only say 'My anger is directed at him.' I would not say 'My anger is directed with him.'

    I am interested in the comments of others.
    I am a 64 year old native of North America and a former English teacher. I have also spent several years living in England and India. I'm with BarbD -- in my experience "angry with" and "angry at" are synonymous and equally correct.

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    I am not suggesting that 'angry with him' should be banished or that I think it has a different meaning. I just grew up with 'angry at him' and I personally am not inclined to start saying 'angry with him'.

    Just out of interest, would any of you say something like 'Your anger should be directed with him.'?

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Just out of interest, would any of you say something like 'Your anger should be directed with him.'?
    No. That must be 'at'. - It is 'direct... at', not 'anger at'.

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No. That must be 'at'. - It is 'direct... at', not 'anger at'.
    Thanks, you made me realize that I should have written the following.

    Would anyone say 'You should direct your anger with him.'?

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    Re: Angry at/Angry with

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Thanks, you made me realize that I should have written the following.

    Would anyone say 'You should direct your anger with him.'?
    No. Same reason.

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