Using feel

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Feel can be a copular verb. It is then followed by an adjective or a noun complement.

Feel can be used with a personal subject (I, you etc.) to talk about feelings that are going on at a particular moment. Both simple and progressive forms are possible. There is little difference of meaning.

Feel can be used, usually with a non-personal subject, to mean give somebody sensations. Progressive forms are not used.

Feel like; feel as if/though

Feel like something means have a desire for something. It is normally followed by an -ing form.

It is possible to put a clause after feel like. The meaning is similar to as if/ as though.


Feel as an ordinary verb

The ordinary verb feel can be followed by an object. It is used to talk about the physical sensations that come to us through the sense of touch.

It is possible to use an -ing form after the object.

Feel is often used to talk about reactions and opinions. It is then followed by a that-clause.

See Also

Fairly, quite, rather and pretty
Farther and further
Few and little
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
Finished: difference between I'm finished and I've finished
Fit and suit: difference

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