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    Feel like.

    Hello!


    According to the dictionary: feel like sth- to have a wish for something, or to want to do something, at a particular moment:
    I feel like (going for) a swim.

    I found the below sentences in a book.

    "These clothes feel wet"
    "The room felt cold"

    What do they mean?

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    Re: Feel like.

    Those are more literal uses of "feel". One literally feels moisture and one literally feels coldness.

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    Re: Feel like.

    They mean: These clothes are wet ?
    The room was cold ?

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    Re: Feel like.

    No, they don't. Something might feel wet without it being wet.
    If you're using an online dictionary, could you give a link to it? "The dictionary" means little here.

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    Re: Feel like.

    In almost all cases, if clothes feel wet, they are wet. And if you feel cold, the room is cold (for you).

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    Re: Feel like.

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    And if you feel cold, the room is cold (for you).
    I don't think that's true. You can feel cold for many reasons (hypovolemic shock, immersion, hysteria, fear, scleroderma ...). That doesn't make the room cold. The room has a certain temperature, which can be measured. The room is the same temperature for everyone. The only argument is what 'cold' means.
    I won't be drawn into an argument about relative truths though.
    The point is: A feels X does not mean A is X. That is what the OP was asking.

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    Re: Feel like.

    I disagree. Most normal people know when a room feels cold to them. This requires none of the medical conditions you hypothesized. That is just silly. A feels X and therefore A is X for them. That is what I said in my post.

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    Re: Feel like.

    I know what you said, and I'm arguing that it can't reasonably be supported.
    "I feel I'm in a space ship" therefore "I am in a space ship." (Either that, or there is some reason that makes me feel something that isn't true - but, hey, that would be a silly suggestion.)
    So, for Mike, everything is true if it's true for you, and reality is subjective and mind-created. Some philosophers have taken that attitude; it isn't conducive to meaningful communication. Unfortunately, there's a lot of New Age believers who don't need to react to the world in any non-relative material way, and who believe what they like despite evidence.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idealism

    I feel I'm hitting my head against a brick wall with you sometimes, Mike. Goodness, that means I am hitting my head against a brick wall! I'll stop it.

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    You have perfect right to hit your head against a brick wall. Doing so does not make your opinion correct or reasonable.

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