disturbed about/by?

hoshi04

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India - Hindi
My friend watched a movie, and she told that the movie was so disturbing.After some time I asked her, "are you still disturbed by that movie?".
Is my use of "by" correct here? Or is it disturbed "about"?
Is there any better way to ask her if she was still feeling disturbed by/about the movie?
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Is there any better way to ask her if she was still feeling disturbed by/about the movie?
    Yes, there is a better way, and you wrote it here. "Are you still feeling disturbed about the movie?"

    "Be disturbed by" is an action (in passive tense), so it only happens at the time of the action. These mean the same:

    She was disturbed by the movie (when she watched it).
    The movie disturbed her (when she watched it).

    But "feeling disturbed about" is an emotion, than can continue later.
     
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