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Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception refer to those verbs which talk about sensing:

  • see/look/watch/notice/observe
  • hear/listen to
  • taste
  • smell
  • touch/feel
  • sense

These verbs can be used in different ways.

Progressive

Used in the progressive, these verbs indicate the subject is focussing on a particular object:

He is watching television
She’s listening to music
He was smelling different perfumes
I am feeling ill.

Object + Infinitive

Some verbs of perception can be used with an object and then the infinitive (without to):

{verb of perception} + {object} + {infinitive}
I watched it explode.
I heard them shout.

Note that we don’t use this construction for taste, smell or touch. However, we can use it with feel:

I felt him shudder.
She felt him relax.
 

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception

Set 1 (action)
listen to
look at
touch
smell
taste
Set 2 (non-action)
hear
see*
feel*
smell
taste
Set 3 (non-action)
sound
look
feel
smell
taste

Set 1 verbs indicate that the perceiver is “focusing” on a specific object. They can be used in the progressive.

    He is listening to the radio.
    They are looking at the picture.
    She is smelling the flowers.

Set 2 verbs indicate general perception and are non-progressive.

    He hears a noise.
    They see flames.
    She smells smoke.

    (Not: He is hearing…)
    (Not: They are seeing…)

 

Set 3 verbs indicate appearance. (It “seems”…) They are non-progressive.

    That sounds like thunder.
    This looks terrible.
    It smells fishy.

    (describes the object, not the perceiver)

*When feel is used to describe emotions, the progressive is sometimes used.

    I feel great today.
    I feel cold today.
    .

    I am feeling great today.
    (physical feeling is usually non-progressive)

*See can sometimes be used in expressions in the progressive.

    She is seeing the doctor.
    He is seeing another woman.

Special Usage of Certain Verbs of Perception

Some verbs of perception see, look at, hear, listen to, and feel, along with watch and sense can be used with objects followed by other verbs (base form or gerunds, but not infinitives).

Note the examples below:

We heard you leave. (Okay. Emphasis on our hearing.)
We heard you leaving. (Okay. Emphasis on your leaving.)
We heard you to leave. (Incorrect!)

Other examples:

I saw her go.
Look at that man run!
Sylvesterlistened to the canary sing.
We watched them play basketball.
We watched them playing basketball.
Trudy can feel the wind blowing against her skin.
Mr. Todd sensed the lion approaching.

More info :   http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/verbs_perception.html

Verbs of Perception

23 Feb

Verbs of Perception

Set 1 (action)
listen to
look at
touch
smell
taste
Set 2 (non-action)
hear
see*
feel*
smell
taste
Set 3 (non-action)
sound
look
feel
smell
taste

Set 1 verbs indicate that the perceiver is “focusing” on a specific object. They can be used in the progressive.

    He is listening to the radio.
    They are looking at the picture.
    She is smelling the flowers.

Set 2 verbs indicate general perception and are non-progressive.

    He hears a noise.
    They see flames.
    She smells smoke.

    (Not: He is hearing…)
    (Not: They are seeing…)

 

Set 3 verbs indicate appearance. (It “seems”…) They are non-progressive.

    That sounds like thunder.
    This looks terrible.
    It smells fishy.

    (describes the object, not the perceiver)

*When feel is used to describe emotions, the progressive is sometimes used.

    I feel great today.
    I feel cold today.
    .

    I am feeling great today.
    (physical feeling is usually non-progressive)

*See can sometimes be used in expressions in the progressive.

    She is seeing the doctor.
    He is seeing another woman.

Special Usage of Certain Verbs of Perception

Some verbs of perception see, look at, hear, listen to, and feel, along with watch and sense can be used with objects followed by other verbs (base form or gerunds, but not infinitives).

Note the examples below:

We heard you leave. (Okay. Emphasis on our hearing.)
We heard you leaving. (Okay. Emphasis on your leaving.)
We heard you to leave. (Incorrect!)

Other examples:

I saw her go.
Look at that man run!
Sylvesterlistened to the canary sing.
We watched them play basketball.
We watched them playing basketball.
Trudy can feel the wind blowing against her skin.
Mr. Todd sensed the lion approaching.

More info :   http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/verbs_perception.html