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Is it correct to use "Strikes me a great deal to connotes a negative feeling?

The rude behavior of the officer struck me a great deal. I didn't expect this from a professional person.

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I don't have too much of a problem with that sentence. I'd interpret it to mean that the officer's behavior had an impact on you, and the officer's rudeness was very noticeable.

Collins meaning #9 says that strike means:

to affect or cause to affect deeply, suddenly, or radically

That said, the word is often used in a construct like struck me as __. So, perhaps one of these might be an improved way to convey your sentiments:

  • The officer's behavior struck me as rude.
  • The officer's rude behavior struck me as highly unprofessional.
  • The officer's unexpected rudeness struck me as very unprofessional.

but those changes would be mere suggestions to consider; you could opt to leave your sentence as is.

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+1 Best unofficial answer; very clear and on-topic to what OP was asking. – Souta Sep 16 '12 at 13:31
@Souta, by “unofficial” do you refer to J.R.'s phrases “I don't have too much of a problem” and “I'd interpret it to mean”? If so, informal or offhand or slapdash (in ascending severity) might be more appropriate than unofficial. – jwpat7 Sep 16 '12 at 14:29
@jwpat7 I meant 'unofficial' as in, there hasn't been an answer picked yet! If anything, I would love J.R.'s answer to be picked because it is very on-topic and it decisively answers OP's question. It is still the best answer as of yet. (imo) – Souta Sep 16 '12 at 16:01
For the record, although I appreciate Souta's upvote, I do think it'd be better to just let Noah (the O.P.) decide which answer should be picked. @jwpat7: Thanks for the chuckle at "slapdash" :^) – J.R. Sep 16 '12 at 17:33
I was never intending to make OP's decision. I was asked what I meant by 'unofficial', and I answered enthusiastically. ^-^ – Souta Sep 16 '12 at 18:09

It seems that you are trying to emphasize the startling quality of the rude behavior. I would suggest

The rude behavior of the officer was striking. I didn't expect this from a professional person.

American Heritage defines striking as

Arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind.

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Perhaps appalled is the word you are looking for:-

offended or shocked very much by something, because it is extremely unpleasant or bad

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