Exercise 1

Choose the most suitable forms of the following verbs of the senses for each gap below.

1She  thrilled to be back home.

2Your biceps  you've been working out.

3We heard something that  a rat.

4This cloud  an elephant.

5You very mature for your age.

6The bread it had just been baked.

7The dream so real that when I woke up I couldn't even talk.

8This chocolate a bit sweeter than the other one.

9His voice he needed help.

10You you know the answer.



Verbs of the senses – grammar chart

Verbs of the senses

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Verbs of the senses

We can use the verbs look, smell, taste, sound and feel before adjectives, nouns, and clauses (subject + verb)

look, smell, taste, sound, feel + adjective

We can use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + adjective to talk about how something feels, tastes, etc.

  • When you use that cream, your skin feels really smooth.
  • When he talked to us sounded nervous.


look, smell, taste, sound, feel + like + noun

We can also use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + like before a noun.

  • You sound like your mother
  • This tastes like chicken.


look, smell, taste, sound, feel + as if/as though + clause

We use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel + as if/as though + clause (subject + verb).

  • You sound as if you had a long party last night.
  • You look as though you’ve just seen a ghost.

Note that in informal English we often also use feel, smell, taste, sound, and feel like + clause.

  • You sound like you had a long party last night.
  • You look like you’ve just seen a ghost.