Student or Learner
What does this sentence mean?
"She sounds awful!"
(does verb "sound" have more meanings?)
sound, verb, to give a specified impression.
Max: Do you hear that? What's that sound?
Sam: It's Mary. She's singing in the shower.
Max: She sounds awful.
=> Max's singing voice gives a specified impression; it's awful>
Pat: How are you, Max?
Max: I've got a sore throat.
Pat: I can hear that. Your voice sounds terrible.
<Max's speaking voice gives a specified impression; it's terrible.
Sam: Would you like to go for lunch? I'll pay.
Max: That sounds great!
=> Sam's idea to pay for lunch gives a specified impression; Max thinks it's a great idea.
Pat: I can't go to school today. I have a cold.
Sam: But you look well, and you don't have a fever.
Pat: But I feel ill.
Sam: Well, it sounds to me like you don't want to go to school because you have a test today.
=> The circumstances give a specified impression; Pat is pretending to be ill.
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