Sometimes, slang phrases have a way of sticking in English. While it’s best to avoid using slang in formal writing, that doesn’t mean you should never learn about them. In this article, we’ll explore the slang phrase “I feel you” and how to use it.
What Does “I Feel You” Mean?
“I feel you” means that someone understands you or agrees with you. If you’ve shared your opinion with someone, they might say “I feel you” to acknowledge that they’ve heard what you’ve said and agree with you to some extent. It’s a slang term mostly seen in American English.
The definition of “I feel you,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “I understand; I agree with what you have said.”
Example Sentences With “I Feel You”
To help you understand how it works best, we’ll include some examples using all the different variations. Since it’s a slang term, we’ll include some other slang words along with it to see what kinds of contexts attract the phrase.
“I feel you” is used in a casual way to say you understand somebody.
- I feel you, man, but I don’t think there’s much else we can do!
- Look, I get it! I feel you, bro! I just can’t think of anything better to do.
- I feel ya, bro; you’ll get through this. I’m always here for ya.
- I feel you, girl. Don’t you worry about a thing.
- I feel you, and I’m ready to do what it takes to help you.
- I feel ya, and I’ve got your back.
- You say you’re struggling at the minute? Bro, I feel ya. I am too.
- You’ve got it bad. I feel you, bro. I feel you.
- We both messed up on that one. I feel you, man, and I’m sorry.
- I feel you, girl! I’ve got a few things that might be able to help you.
- Look, I feel you! I’m so happy to hear you say that!
As you can see from these examples, we use “I feel you” to show that we acknowledge something. In most cases, it’s used in a colloquial context (that’s why we used “man,” “bro,” and “girl” as nouns instead of something more professional).
You should make sure to remember that “I feel you” is only reserved for informal speech. If you ever write it or say it in formal situations, you’ll find yourself making all sorts of mistakes.
Most American English speakers understand what it means and know how to use it, but that doesn’t mean they want to use it in the workplace or other formal venues. Learning English is a bit of give and take. You have to know when the correct time and place for things like “I feel you” are.
Do People Still Say “I Feel You”?
“I feel you” is definitely a more old-fashioned phrase. It’s something that seemed very popular to say in the 1980s, especially in the grime and hip hop scene in the USA. However, does that mean it’s still relevant today?
If you look at this graph, you’ll see that “I feel you” is still popular today. It’s more popular than it’s been since the 1980s as well. It had a growth spike in the early 2000s but has since started to decline again.
For the time being, “I feel you” is still a popular saying. It’s still very much a slang phrase that you won’t come across often, but it means the same thing as it did when it was first used, and people are still happy to say it as and when they feel the situation deems it necessary.
What Can I Say Instead Of “I Feel You”?
“I feel you” is a slang phrase, and there’s no denying that. However, you can always find a suitable replacement that works, especially for more formal situations. We’ll include a few synonyms to help you out so you don’t make the mistake of using “I feel you” to the wrong person.
- I understand you
If you want to sympathize with someone in a more professional manner, then “I understand you” is your best call. It works well to let them know that you’re on the same wavelength as them without using the patronizing tone of “I feel you.”
- I hear you
Rather than using “understand,” which sometimes sounds a little inhuman, we can use “I hear you.” It works to make the saying a little more personal while also keeping it formal enough to work in most situations.
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- I symphathize
Just like using “I understand you,” “I sympathize” might seem a little robotic. However, it’s still a great alternative to use instead of “I feel you” if you want to use it in formal situations.
- I agree with you
This one might have a more specific meaning, but it still works well. If someone has made a point that you agree with, you can say “I agree with you” to let them know you’re thinking the same thing as them.
How Should I Reply To Someone Saying “I Feel You”?
Finally, let’s look at how you might go about replying to someone saying, “I feel you.” Thankfully, you don’t have to put too much thought into a good response since it’s a slang phrase.
You should respond to “I feel you” by saying “thank you” or adding more information to the point you just made. Someone is telling you that they agree with you, so adding to your point might make them agree with you further and really endorse what you’re saying.
Of course, we can’t tell you exactly what works best to reply to it. Some people might not say anything after “I feel you.” The best answer is usually a simple “thank you” or something to that degree.
Since “I feel you” is a slang term, maybe a slang phrase for “thank you” will be better suited to the situation. You could try:
All of those are more slang ways of saying thank you to somebody.