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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:21:05 AM
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If someone in a household suffers from a serious illness or disability, everyone in the family will have a heavy heart from being anxious and worried about him.

The part in bold sounds wrong to me. Is'heavy heart' OK? How should that part be rephrased?

Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:42:59 PM

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It sounds wrong to me, too.

"A heavy heart " suggests great regret, extreme sadness or hopelessness — not likely to be caused by mere worry or anxiety.

If you want to use both concepts in the same sentence, they need to be expressed separately.

- "… everyone in the family will have a heavy heart, feeling anxious and worried about him."


"Down-hearted " is a related idiom, but not with quite the depth of depression as "with heavy heart," and seeming to hold out some hope of relief.

- "… everyone in the family will be down-hearted, anxious and worried about him."

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:08:04 PM

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Hi!

To me, 'with heavy heart' is a phrase one would hear in an official announcement.
"It is with heavy heart that we have to inform you that . . . passed away."
If this is a passage from a text-book or message from a church etc, it might be OK.

However, I also agree with NKM.
To me 'a heavy heart' suggests that a great loss has already occurred, not anxiety about a possible misfortune.


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Koh Elaine
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Thanks, NKM and DragOnspeaker.
Allana
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:20:55 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
If someone in a household suffers from a serious illness or disability, everyone in the family will have a heavy heart from being anxious and worried about him.

The part in bold sounds wrong to me. Is'heavy heart' OK? How should that part be rephrased?

Thanks.


Surely this should be 'everyone in the family will have heavy hearts'. After all, each member of the family has his own heart, not one between them!

Allana

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NKM
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:40:37 PM

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Hi, Allana -

That was my first thought, too.

But then I thought of "everyone" as "every one" (or "each one"), and decided to leave it alone.

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