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    To feel, look, seem, sound ...

    Verbs of impression : to sound, to look, to feel, to seem, to smell, to taste ...

    1) These verbs + adjective or noun  all mean  : 'to appear', 'to seem'.

    This structure has no equivalent in French :

    we can notice that the way, the means of doing the action is what decides of the precise verb to be used :

    - 'Look'  is used when people or things are seen. If they are heard, you should use 'sound', if they're eaten, 'taste', if they're touched, 'feel', if they're smelt, 'smell' ...etc.

    ex : How strange! These strawberies taste of mint ... 

    ex : Listen ! He really doesn't sound British, does he?

    ex : She looks both tired and angry.

    ex : He looks younger than he really is

    2 ) Verbs of impressions are built with :

    VERB + as if / as though + proposition (mind the sequence of tenses).

    ex: It looks as if it's going to rain .... 
    ex 1 : She sounds as if she's angry ! 

    ex 2 : She sounded as though she were/ was  angry, but in fact, she was upset. ( = modal preterite indicating what's unreal. )

    - 'Seem' is more neutral than 'look', 'feel' ou sound' for instance :

    ex : My nephew seems to be doing well in Australia !

    ex : Jen and Ian seem to be getting on well together !



    - 'To look like + V 'and 'to feel like' are used in the United States and in colloquial British English.

    (  DO NOT USE THESE FORMS in an exam or a competitive exam in Europe ...) 

    ex : That girl looks like a wreck, she must be helped. 
    ex : He looks like he's got the flu and I feel like I've got a cold.

    BEWARE ! In British English, 'to feel like + ing' =  'to have a desire or an inclination for'.

    ex : She was so happy, he was feeling like dancing and couldn't help it !

    - Personal subject + personal subject  => physical, psychological impressions or feelings.

    ex : She felt lonely, tired and forsaken. .


       It often does, doesn't it ?


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    1) Don't you think and dejected ? I don't think so .... I rather imagine because of your reaction.
    2) Look at her dress ... It , but if you touch it, you realise it ! It's fantastically beautiful !
    3) Try this dish ! It's typical ! and it's very hot ! You'll like it !
    4) The manager of my new firm but during his speech, he and also very impatient !
    5) This chocolate but a little bitter for me ... I like my chocolate sweeter ...
    6) Paula looks ! at chess ! Yes, you're right ! Most of all, she and of herself !
    7) He looked , but he wasn't an idiot ! He simply was a foreigner and couldn't speak a word of English !

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