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    Verbs of perception

    I understand the infinitive without to is used to express verbs of perception .
    eg watch, see, hear, feel, make, have.

    1. How about eat and smell ?
    2. Are there any verb that I miss ?

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    Re: Verbs of perception

    'Make', 'have' and 'eat' are not verbs of perception. What do you mean when you say the infinitive without 'to' is used with these?
    "I stayed home to watch the game", "I stopped to smell the roses", "I like to feel the wind on my face".

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    Re: Verbs of perception

    Hello.

    I think the OP means the constructions like:

    I heard him call my name.
    I saw him enter the building.

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    Re: Verbs of perception

    Ah, in that case, there are many pages like the following:
    http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/verbs_perception.html

    Just search for "Verbs of Perception"
    But you must realise that just because 'make' and 'have' don't use an infinitive there, that doesn't mean they have anything to do with perceiving.

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    Re: Verbs of perception

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Are there any verb that I miss ?
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...sative-Verbs#2 Verbs of Perception‏‎

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    the infinitive without to
    It is the bare infinitive.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Verbs of perception

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Yes, they are verbs of perception, but they can't all be used without an infinitive, eg. "I glanced him enter the building" is wrong.
    I think the OP is only referring to those verbs of perception that don't require an infinitive and as such have found their way into grammar lore under the term "Verbs of Perception". That's why it's important to know exactly what his question is.

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