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    What did you feel?

    Hello, I have a question,

    How would you answer the question below?

    "What did you feel when you saw her die?"

    My understanding is that when asked with what, you have to answer with a noun(including a noun phrase or a clause), and when asked with how, you have to answer with a adjective.

    Is it totally wrong if I say to the question, "I felt shocked."?

    Wouldn't native speakers ever answer the question like that?

    I appreciate your help.

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    Re: What did you feel?

    "I felt shocked" is correct enough but it would be more natural to say "I was shocked". Then things such as "I felt sick" could be used along with any other emotions or reactions that you'd have in that situation.

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    Re: What did you feel?

    If someone asked what I felt, I would have to answer with a noun such as sadness, relief, or joy; or a noun phrase such as compassion for the family, or a sense of relief.

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