Weblinks: Sensory Verbs

Sensory Verbs  – the 5 seneses

Nonaction – receptive verb see hear feel taste smell
Action verb look/watch listen touch/feel taste smell/sniff
Noun sight hearing feel/feeling taste smell

Deborah’s YouTube Lesson on Sensory Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASwTYTZX20Q

Active vs. Nonactive Verbs lesson on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhdkwmPNFsw

If the event is in the middle of happening/in process/repeating/not finished or complete, use ING verb

  • I saw the leaves falling
  • I can hear the car alarm beeping
  • She could feel the wind lifting her hair.
  • He smelled the rice burning.

If the event is complete, just once, all of it, use BASE FORM verb

  • I saw the car hit the tree.
  • She hears the doorbell ring
  • We can feel the earthquake hit.
  • He smelled the skunk spray.

The most common are see and hear

  1. You can use just a noun after these verbs
  2. I saw _______________________________________________________
  3. He can often hear _____________________________________________
  4. They hadn’t seen ______________________________________________
  5. I’ve never heard _______________________________________________

 

  1. Use a verb when something is in progress/continuing – use Object + ING
  2. I saw _______________________________________________________
  3. He can often hear _____________________________________________
  4. They hadn’t seen ______________________________________________
  5. I’ve never heard _______________________________________________

 

  1. Use a verb when something that you can see hear all of/ one time event –  Use Object + Base Form
  2. I saw _______________________________________________________
  3. He can often hear _____________________________________________
  4. They hadn’t seen ______________________________________________
  5. I’ve never heard _______________________________________________

More explanation: https://www.test-english.com/grammar-points/b2/verbs-of-the-senses/

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