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    How they feel

    Shy students are often oversensitive. When they enter a room full of strangers, they think everone is looking at them. In fact, most of these stragers are thinking about themselves, about how they look and how they feel.

    I would like to ask you about the part how they feel. Which does it mean in this case, how others feel about them or how they themselves feel? I think the latter. I think this "the subject feel an adjective" can be ambiguous as this towel feels soft. In this case, the towel itself doesn't feel soft about itself. But about I feel good by J.B , is it I myself and someone too feel good like the towel?
    How can you understandt the difference correctly?

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: How they feel

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Shy students are often oversensitive. When they enter a room full of strangers, they think everone is looking at them. In fact, most of these stragers are thinking about themselves, about how they look and how they feel.

    I would like to ask you about the part how they feel. Which does it mean in this case, how others feel about them or how they themselves feel? I think the latter. I think this "the subject feel an adjective" can be ambiguous as this towel feels soft. In this case, the towel itself doesn't feel soft about itself. But about I feel good by J.B , is it I myself and someone too feel good like the towel?
    How can you understandt the difference correctly?

    Thank you very much.
    feel used ergatively IMO.

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    Re: How they feel

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress
    I would like to ask you about the part how they feel. Which does it mean in this case, how others feel about them or how they themselves feel? I think the latter.
    You're right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Progress
    I think this "the subject feel an adjective" can be ambiguous as this towel feels soft. In this case, the towel itself doesn't feel soft about itself. But about I feel good by J.B , is it I myself and someone too feel good like the towel? How can you understandt the difference correctly?
    If feel is stative and its subject is [+animate] (i.e., a sentient being), it means to experience or undergo an emotional sensation.

    Stative
    Animate: I wonder how they feel.
    Inanimate: I wonder how this towel feels. (i.e., it experiences or undergoes an emotional sensation)

    Does that help?


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    Re: How they feel

    Yes, Casiopea, it does very much Thank you very much.

    Thanks Svartnik

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    Re: How they feel

    You're welcome.

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