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Verbs of the senses

I've written about STATE VERBS quite recently and this is a kind of a follow up topic. VERBS OF THE SENSES belong to the group of STATE VERBS, or so called non-progressive verbs. There are five basic verbs of the senses: LOOK, FEEL, SMELL, TASTE and SOUND

 

'It looks like a watering can.'

What can we add to the verbs of senses?



ADJECTIVE

They look great!
She feels tired.
The soup smells bad.
It tastes good!
It sounds interesting.
 
Those figs look delicious!




LIKE + (ADJECTIVE) + NOUN

They look like doctors.
This material feels like cotton.
It smells like coffee.
This pasta tastes like real Italian pasta.
This music sounds like reggae.



BE CAREFUL!!!
FELL LIKE can also mean WANT, e.g.:

I feel like a cup of coffee, what about you? = I want a cup of coffee, what about you?
I don't feel like swimming today. = I don't want to swim today.


AS IF / AS THOUGH / LIKE + CLAUSE

They look as though they have been running.
She feels as if she has been sleeping for ages!
It smells like something is burning!
It tastes as though you have overcooked it.
It sounds as if somebody was drilling.



Foster the People
Coming of age


Well, I see you standing there like a rabid dog
And you got those crying eyes
Makes me wanna surrender and wrap you in my arms
You know I try to live without regrets
I'm always moving forward and not looking back
But I tend to leave a trail of death while I'm moving ahead

And so I'm stepping away
(Ahhhh...)
'Cause I got nothing to say

Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like I'm coming of age
Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like I'm coming of age

And when my fear pulls me out to sea
And the stars are hidden by my pride and my enemies
I seem to hurt the people that I care the most
Just like an animal I protect my pride
When I'm too bruised to fight
And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right

Well I'm bored at the game
And too tired to rage

Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like I'm of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like I'm of coming of age




You might also be interested in reading this post about non-progressive verbs:

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