Which of these two sentences is more appropriate in a given situation?
I am tired.
I am feeling tired.
I know this might be a very childish question, but English is not my first language and I just want to know more about authentic English.
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Let me put it this way:
He is feeling dead. Means he is not dead, but is feeling like it.
He is dead. Means he is dead. Period.
Feeling tired means you are feeling like tired or tiredness is slowing taking over you. In the other example you are tired and don't want to give further explanation. There's nothing more to it:)
Perhaps it is the sense of immediacy the terms provide, in the case of "I feel..." the speaker is distancing themselves from the situation, allowing themselves room to be ambiguous. In a sense not committing fully to the statement. In the case of "I am..." the speaker is stepping into the immediate sensation, and declaring clearly what IS.