Verbs of perception

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Verbs of perception

  1. 1. Verbs of Perception Look, Feel, Sound, Seem Peter Mangiaracina 1
  2. 2. Constructions Look, Sound, Feel, Seem• Verb of Perception (VP) + adjective• VP + like + noun• VP + like (as if) + clause Peter Mangiaracina 2
  3. 3. VP + Adjective• He looks good in black.• Youd better not bother him. He seems busy.• Rap music sounds bad.• Do you always feel tired in the morning? Peter Mangiaracina 3
  4. 4. VP + like + noun• Kathy looks like a nice person.• Arthur seems like a hard worker.• Its very noisy. It sounds like a party next door.• Do you feel like an idiot when you speak English? Peter Mangiaracina 4
  5. 5. VP + like (as if) + clause• It looks as if it is going to rain.• It seems like Tom has no idea what hes talking about.• It sounds as if the president has a cold.• I feel like Im losing my mind. Peter Mangiaracina 5
  6. 6. More Constructions Seem, Feel• Seem or Feel + (that) + Clause• Seem + Infinitive• Feel like + Gerund Peter Mangiaracina 6
  7. 7. Seem/ Feel + (that) + Clause• It seems (that) Bob will not be here today.• I feel (that) the economy will not get better until Spain abandons austerity measures and provides economic incentives for the middle class. Peter Mangiaracina 7
  8. 8. Seem + Infinitive• Peter seems to respect his students.• Does it seem to be very hot in here? Peter Mangiaracina 8
  9. 9. Feel + Gerund• I feel like throwing some steaks on the barbecue and opening a few beers.• Do you feel like going to the movies tonight? Peter Mangiaracina 9
  10. 10. Feel + Gerund• I feel like throwing some steaks on the barbecue and opening a few beers.• Do you feel like going to the movies tonight? Peter Mangiaracina 9

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