Verbs of the senses – grammar chart

 
Verbs of the senses
 

Verbs of the senses

 
We can use the verbs look, smell, taste, sound and feel before adjectives, nouns, and clauses (subject + verb)
 

look, smell, taste, sound, feel + adjective

 
We can use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + adjective to talk about how something feels, tastes, etc.

  • When you use that cream, your skin feels really smooth.
  • When he talked to us sounded nervous.

 

look, smell, taste, sound, feel + like + noun

 
We can also use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + like before a noun.

  • You sound like your mother
  • This tastes like chicken.

 

look, smell, taste, sound, feel + as if/as though + clause

 
We use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + as if/as though + clause (subject + verb).

  • You sound as if you had a long party last night.
  • You look as though you’ve just seen a ghost.

Note that in informal English we often also use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel like + clause.

  • You sound like you had a long party last night.
  • You look like you’ve just seen a ghost.

 


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