mingle and mix


Senior Member
Bulgarian - Yellow Beach
On Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary I came these sentences "He felt a kind of happiness mingled with fear" and "Polly felt hope mingled with fear". I wonder, can we use "mix" rather than "mingle" in these examples? Does "mix" change the meaning?
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I think, however, that "mingled" is far more common than "mixed" when speaking about emotions. To me there is a difference in connotation. If hot water is mingled with cold water there will be spots of heat and spots of cold. If hot water is mixed with cold water you just get lukewarm water. :) I think "mingled" expresses the shifting flow of emotions better than "mixed".
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