“I feel obliged to tell you” meaning
The sentence I feel obliged to tell you means the person feels forced or feels like they must tell you something. Obliged in the sentence structure acts as an adjective, it comes after a verb (feel) and before an infinitive (to tell).
A person can feel morally obliged to do something or may be legally obliged to do something. Let’s take a look at some examples:
- I feel obliged to tell you that the promotion was given to somebody else.
- He is obliged to be polite to me, I am his grandmother.
- She is legally obliged to not say anything until her lawyer arrives.
- We are legally obliged to report all the evidence.
- We are obliged to notify the police if we witness any wrongdoing in the area.
- The Doctor is obliged to inform the family of any progress in the case.
When the phrase obliged to you is used after a verb it is a formal way to say thank you. We use this construction to show our gratitude or appreciation.
- I am obliged to you.
- He is obliged to you for your handwork this semester.
- They are obliged to you for patience at this difficult time.
- The police are obliged to you for reporting the car you witnessed over the weekend. This new information will help the case.