There is only one difference: they are opposite in meaning.
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What are the differences between voluntary action and involuntary action in grammar? Please give me some examples.
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Thanks for your reply. I know that they are opposite in meaning. I want to know why I can say "This food tastes delicious", but I cannot say "This food is tasting delicious". Is it because "tasting" is an involuntary action?
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No. The sense of taste is neither voluntary nor involuntary. It is what it is. Some people love broccoli; other don't. The objection to using a continuous verb with a sensing/perceiving verb has been long standing, but that is changing. McDonald's helped spur this change with their "I am loving it" ad. I would not object to your sentence if the person was eating the food at that time.
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"This food is tasting delicious" is unnatural in most varieties of English. In Indian (South Asian) English, however, it is relatively common.
Bear in mind that Indian English uses the present continuous much more frequently than most other variants.
This food tastes delicious - Statement of fact, and "tastes" is almost the same as "is".
I am eating delicious food - Explanation of what you are currently doing.
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