In general, feelings are not being clearly expressed when the word feel is followed by: Words such as that, like, as if: "I feel that you should know better." "I feel like a failure." "I feel as if I'm living with a wall." The pronouns I, you, he, she, they, it: "I feel I am constantly on call." "I feel it is useless." Names or nouns referring to people: "I feel Amy has been pretty responsible." "I feel my boss is being manipulative." Distinguish feelings from thoughts.