[Grammar] 3 Things You Need To Know About Sense Verbs

Hiya! Here comes the 2nd episode of [Grammar]! The answers to the last episode are:

1. A
2. B
3. A

Do you still remember the question below?

The flowers smell ____

A. good B. well

Some users made a mistake here in the last episode. I think it is a good chance to learn what sense verbs mean.

Sense verbs refer to verbs related to five senses.

If you have a general idea on sense verbs, let’s learn some important grammar about sense verbs! 

1. Sense verb + adj. or adv?

Can you spot the sense verbs in the conversation below?

– You look tired. 

– I feel fine.

–  You sound angry

– Well, I’m not. 

You must discover a rule of using sense verbs: 

sense verb + adjective

Hence, it is wrong to say:

You sound angrily     

It tastes well.

2. Sense verb as a stative verb

A sentence structure about sense verbs is very common:

Something + sense verb + like (prep.)  + noun 

Here the sense verb is stative because it describes a state.


The perfume smells like an orange.

She looks like a magician.

3. Sense verb as a dynamic verb

Sense verbs can also be dynamic, which means it describe an action。


I am smelling the flower.

Taste this cake and tell me whether you like it

That’s all for the grammar of sense verbs. Let’s do some exercise to check if you’ve understand it.


Is the sense verb stative or dynamic?

1. This milk smells funny.
2. She smelled the milk and felt sick.

Don’t forget to leave your answers below!

If you feel confused about other grammar points, just tell us below!

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