Look, feel, smell, sound, taste

January 5, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Writing, Grammar
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Look, feel, smell, sound, taste • You look tired. • The dog smells awful. • The fish tastes delicious.

Look, feel, smell, sound, taste • She looks like a model. • This fabric feels like silk. • The cake tastes like coffee.

I feel like playing cards tonight.

smell of, taste of vs. smell like, taste like • The greengrocer’s smells of strawberries. • This shampoo smells like strawberries. • This soup tastes of chicken. • Frog tastes like chicken to me.

Look, feel, smell, sound, taste • He looks as if [he’s had a hard day]. • It smells as if [something’s burning]. • It sounds as though [someone is spanking the dog].

It sounds like [it’s raining]. (informal)

Seem Seem + adjective: • You seem eager to learn new grammar! Seem + like + noun: • It seemed like a good idea. Seem + as though/as if + clause: • It seems as if [every time I clean the car it rains]!

Seem Seem + infinitive: • He seems to be a nice man. • He seems to have had a hard day at work. • He seems to be having a busy week at the office. Take notice: there are other forms of infinitive besides the simple infinitive:  to write: simple infinitive  to have written: perfect infinitive  to be writing: continuous infinitive  to have been writing: perfect continuous infinitive  to have been written: perfect passive infinitive  and so on…

See, hear, watch, notice • I heard the girl play a piece by Chopin. • I heard the girl playing a piece by Chopin. • I saw the man hit his dog. • I saw the man hitting his dog every day.

Verbs of the senses can’t be continuous!

 • I am hearing people talking outside the room.  • I am seeing Fulvio coming down the corridor.

• I can see Fulvio coming down the corridor.  • I can hear people talking outside the room. 

…except, of course, if they’re not verbs of the senses.

• I’ve been hearing good things about you.  (hear = learn, come to know) • I am seeing Maria tonight.  (see = meet)

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