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    Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    Is the use of "feel like" correct here?

    Can following be the others alternatives?

    1) "Holding a Kindle is like holding ..."
    2) "Holding a Kindle feels like/as if you are holding ..."

    Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book, and its battery charge lasts almost three weeks. There is a built-in light, so you are not going to get any screen glare when reading it. How easily you can read in bright sunlight depends on which model you are using, but with mine, I can clearly see the content. The difference lies in the screen technologies.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    Grammatically, all are acceptable.

    I completely disagree with the sentiment, but that's a separate issue.
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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    But it can be an issue when the question is whether it is correct, not just grammatically. Holding a Kindle is not the same to me as holding a book.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    It's semantics, right?

    On one hand, both are generally held in front of us, somewhere between our heads and our waists, with one or two hands, on the lap or on a table or desk.

    On the other hand, the experience of holding and using a Kindle is completely different. Our relationships with paper and electronic media are vastly different, and so the experience can never be the same.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    Semantics matters, doesn't it?

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    Yup! That's where the fun is.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    One disadvantage of using a Kindle is that you can't correct the typos.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    Thanks all.
    I really appreciate your help.

    Could someone please tell me what the differences are between "feel like"s in sentence 1 and 2?
    I don't know when I should use the second "feel like".



    1) And if you don’t feel like reading in the car, it is Amazon’s Whispersync that can give you an audiobook whenever you want it.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...c-can-give-you

    2) Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book, and its battery charge lasts almost three weeks.
    Last edited by sania-baharat; 08-Nov-2017 at 08:59.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    I understand them in the following ways:

    1. And if you don't feel you like reading in the car ...
    2. Holding a Kindle gives you a feeling like holding a printed book ...
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Holding a Kindle feels like holding a printed book

    There is a built-in light, so you are not going to get any screen glare when reading it.
    What does pronoun "it" refer to? Shouldn't it be removed? or is it better to say "...when reading through e-readers"?

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