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    Default perception of verbs

    hi,

    I'd like to know what the verbs of perception are and how to use them.

    Many thanks!

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    Default Re: perception of verbs

    listen to
    look at
    touch
    smell (notice/identify something by using your nose)
    taste

    These verbs indicate that the perceiver is focusing on a specific object. They can be used in the progressive form.
    He was looking at the trees in the garden when the telephone rang.
    Judy is smelling the flowers Paul has given her for her birthday.


    hear
    see
    feel
    smell (have a particular smell )taste

    These verbs indicate a perception in general. No progressive form.
    She hears a noise.
    They smell smoke.


    sound
    look
    feel
    smell taste

    These verbs indicate appearance. Non-progressive.
    It smells strongly of fish.
    The noise sounds like thunder.

    NOTE
    'see' can sometimes be used in expressions in the progressive.

    John is seeing the doctor.

    When 'feel' is used to describe emotions, the progressive form is sometimes used.
    I feel / am feeling great today.
    I feel cold (physical feeling is normally non-progressive)

    As to the progressive form the usage of 'smell' and 'taste' might differ, depending on whether it indicates an action or 'non-action'.
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    Default Re: perception of verbs

    Hi,

    Many thanks for your kind help. But how about 'watch'? Is it a verb of perception?

    Shabushabu

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