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DEPRESSED vs. DEPRESSING   落ち込んだ vs. 落ち込ませる


  • To be depressed is to feel sad and without hope, especially for a long time.

    Something is depressing if it makes you feel sad and without hope.

    Be Careful! These two words are very often confused. Just remember that only a person can be depressed, because depressed describes a feeling. The person, thing, or situation that makes you feel that way is depressing.
  • depressed は、特に長期間にわたって憂鬱になったり、希望がないと感じたりする、という意味です。

    depressing は、何かが人を憂鬱な気分にさせたり、希望を感じさせない、という意味です。

    注意:この2語は混同されることが多くあります。depressed は、感情を表す単語なので、人についてしか使えないことを覚えておいてください。落ち込んだ気分にさせる人やもの、状況については depressing を使います。


  1. a: Why is Helen crying?
    b: I don't know. She seemed a little depressed when she came home from school.
  2. a: Are you alright?
    b: Yes, I'm just depressed about business lately. We've lost about half of our customers to that new supermarket across the street.
  3. The rain always makes me feel depressed.
  4. I just heard some very depressing news. Uncle Ned is back in the hospital again.
  5. What a depressing room! Why don't you paint the walls pink or something?
  6. It's depressing to think that an area of rainforest the size of a football field disappears every second.

英会話レッスンTime to banish the clouds and vow to have a terrific day!