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    Word usage "experience"

    Dear sir,
    As I know, the word "experience" is often followed by a feeling, e.g. pain. But if I want to say experience someone's thought or ideas, is it okay? Because the feeling of the word "understand" is a little bit short for me.

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    Re: Word usage "experience"

    Quote Originally Posted by Catcher
    Dear sir,
    As I know, the word "experience" is often followed by a feeling, e.g. pain. But if I want to say experience someone's thought or ideas, is it okay? Because the feeling of the word "understand" is a little bit short for me.
    I don't think I would use "experience" with someone else's thoughts or ideas.

    If "understand" is too weak, what are you trying to say?

    Were you:

    moved
    enraptured
    captured

    Did you:

    comprehend
    grasp
    realize


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    Re: Word usage "experience"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Catcher
    Dear sir,
    As I know, the word "experience" is often followed by a feeling, e.g. pain. But if I want to say experience someone's thought or ideas, is it okay? Because the feeling of the word "understand" is a little bit short for me.
    I don't think I would use "experience" with someone else's thoughts or ideas.

    If "understand" is too weak, what are you trying to say?

    Were you:

    moved
    enraptured
    captured

    Did you:

    comprehend
    grasp
    realize

    Maybe one of these:

    sympathise / empathize / identify (with) the other person
    have a psychological empathy with the other's feelings
    share the other person's feelings

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    Re: Word usage "experience"

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Catcher
    Dear sir,
    As I know, the word "experience" is often followed by a feeling, e.g. pain. But if I want to say experience someone's thought or ideas, is it okay? Because the feeling of the word "understand" is a little bit short for me.
    I don't think I would use "experience" with someone else's thoughts or ideas.

    If "understand" is too weak, what are you trying to say?

    Were you:

    moved
    enraptured
    captured

    Did you:

    comprehend
    grasp
    realize

    Maybe one of these:

    sympathise / empathize / identify (with) the other person
    have a psychological empathy with the other's feelings
    share the other person's feelings
    Good ones! :wink:

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