This flower smells nice

This flower smells nice

Some of my students have told me that they have trouble using the verbs of the senses, specifically, feel, look, seem, smell, sound, & taste. Today, I’m going to show you how to use these words in your conversation.

We use these verbs feel, look, seem, smell, sound, & taste + an adjective:

  • The silk scarf feels smooth.
  • The new James Bond movie looks interesting. Let’s go see it.
  • You seem tired. Are you ok?
  • Does this cheese smell strange to you?
  • That music sounds relaxing.
  • Jack said the steak in this restaurant tastes delicious.

We can also use those verbs with adverbs like so & too, and determiners like a little & a bit, etc plus an adjective:

  • The silk scarf feels so smooth.
  • The new James Bond movie looks so interesting. Let’s go see it.
  • You seem a little tired. Are you ok?
  • Does this cheese smell too strange to you?
  • That music sounds too relaxing. I might fall asleep.
  • The fried rice here tastes a bit salty.

We also use these verbs + like + an noun phrase, like this:

  • The silk scarf feels like a dream.
  • The new James Bond movie looks like an interesting film. Let’s go see it.
  • This seems like a nice restaurant. Let’s go there.
  • This cheese smells like walnuts.
  • That music sounds like old pop music.
  • The fried rice here tastes like my mother’s fried rice.

So, there are three patterns here. How about trying to make a sentence with each pattern in the comment section below!



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