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Sensory verbs (Steve Ford) (Canada)
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Steve Ford will teach you how to use sensory verbs and what is the correct tense to use with them.

 

VERBS OF THE SENSES

for the eyes: see / look
for the ears: hear / listen
for the nose: smell
for the tongue: taste


(not on the video) for the hands, etc: feel
This last sensory verb is not explained on the video so we will explain it here:

1- We use the simple present tense to express that we perceive something because it is in contact with us (not because we decided to perceive it)
- I feel a pain in my back
- I feel a little stone inside my shoes

We can also use the simple present to express the way something feels when we touch it (the object is now the subject of the sentence).
- This ball feels cold
- The new sofa feels really uncomfortable


2- We use the continuous present tense to express the idea that we perceive something because we are voluntarily touching it (usually to get some information about it).
- I'm feeling inside my pocket and they're quite empty.
- There's no light, so I'm feeling the walls to find my way out.



Another use of feel:
3- We also use the simple present tense to talk about the way we feel physically or emotionally. Here we're not talking about what we do, but about how we feel, we're talking about us.
- I feel cold
- She feels happy

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