Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I'd like to know if "inspired" sounds idiomatic/common in the contexts below. If not, what do you suggest?

1. "I'm not inspired today." I'm not doing it as well as I think I should.''

2. ''Hey, John, you're inspired today. The story is really good.''

Inspired definition: feeling motivated, having good ideas, doing things better.

Thank you in advance!
  • Xavier da Silva

    Senior Member
    I don't think so.

    On this previous post, "inspired" is not considered idiomatic and I have the impression it is idiomatic. The original question on the previous post wasn't asking directly about "inspired". Now, I asked a question about "inspired" directly.

    I'm sorry!


    Senior Member
    English - US
    The problem with trying to "logic" up sentences based on dictionary definitions is that they don't always give you a good feel for the nuances of the word. We don't use "inspired" to mean "I'm doing a really good job of digging this ditch today."
    Someone who is inspired is filled with inspiration - divine influence or a sudden brilliant or timely idea (WR dictionary on "inspiration").
    Sentence 2 works well because the context tells us that he is an author and has been especially creative (which might be attributed to having some good ideas or being influenced by his Muse).
    Sentence 1 might be okay if we knew what "it" was.
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