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English sense verbs, also known as sensory verbs, are special verbs used with each of the five senses. Here list with each sense, and the sense verb that matches it:
Those are the 5 senses in English. Study the English sense verbs to greatly improve your English vocabulary.
We can combine sense verbs with adjectives to express our personal preferences, beliefs and feelings, for example:
We can also use sense verbs to express a similarity between two or more objects. For example:
Here is an extract from New Zealand writer’s Katherine Mansfield’s classic short story The Garden Party. See how many verbs of the senses you can find.
“Only the tall fellow was left. He bent down, pinched a sprig of lavender, put his thumb and forefinger to his nose and smelled it. When Laura saw that gesture she forgot all about the karakas in her wonder at him caring for things like that – caring for the smell of lavender.
How many men that she knew would have done such a thing? Oh, how extraordinarily nice workmen were, she thought. Why couldn’t she have workmen for her friends rather than the silly boys she danced with and who came to Sunday night supper? She would get on much better with men like these.
It’s all their fault, she decided, as the tall fellow drew something on the back of an envelope, something that was to be looped up or left to hang, of these absurd class distinctions. Well, for her part, she didn’t feel them. Not a bit, not an atom … And now there came the chock-chock of wooden hammers.
Some one whistled, some one sang out, “Are you right there, matey?” “Matey!” The friendliness of it, the – the – Just to prove how happy she was, just to show the tall fellow how at home she felt, and how she despised stupid conventions, Laura took a big bite of her bread-and-butter as she stared at the little drawing. She felt just like a work-girl.”
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