I was in a consternation when I saw this fierce dog. Is natural to say to be in a consternation Thanks for help
Oct 18, 2019 9:25 AM
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I agree with Dylan, this is not a normal conversation word. Also you wouldn’t say “in a consternation”. The word requires some different constructions. Here are some examples: I was feeling some consternation when I saw my report card. To my consternation, my metro station was closed with no notice. The latter example is the closest to something I would say in conversation, but I’m having a hard time thinking of a scenario where it would sound natural and not pompous. Writing can commonly be more formal though. Maybe i would use it in conversation if I were talking with someone who used an elevated level of speaking and word choice and it seemed they would be more comfortable if I did as well. But that’s really rare.
October 18, 2019
I would agree with Dylan. I'm not sure I have ever used the word.
October 18, 2019
This word is almost never used outside of literature, you would be better off saying " I was frightened when I saw this fierce dog"
October 18, 2019
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