be, feel, look, seem, sound
become, grow

She grew more unhappy as the years went by.

make sb

It makes me very unhappy to see you so miserable.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
decidedly, deeply, desperately, distinctly, most (esp. BrE), really, terribly

She is deeply unhappy.

He described it as ‘a most unhappy and distressing case’.

a little, slightly, etc.
clearly, obviously

He was equally unhappy with the alternative.


He sounded a little unhappy about the extra work he had to do.


She was very unhappy at the idea of staying in Sydney.


They were terribly unhappy with the arrangements.

Unhappy is used with these nouns: ↑affair, ↑chapter, ↑childhood, ↑customer, ↑ending, ↑fate, ↑life, ↑marriage, ↑memory, ↑situation, ↑time

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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