Exercise 3

For each dialogue, fill in the gaps with the verbs in brackets and any necessary extra words.

Dialogue 1 (taste)

A: Please, try this cheese. It’s delicious. It 1 good cured cheese.

B: Yes, this cheese 2 it’s been cured for years.

Dialogue 2 (sound)

A: Your voice 3  very rough. You 4  you were partying until very late last night.

B: No, I wasn’t. I think I 5  quite normal.

Dialogue 3 (smell)

A: This room 6 horrible.

B: Yes, it 7 nobody has opened the windows in years.

Dialogue 4 (feel)

A: This pillow 8  very hard.

B: Yes, it 9  a rock. It 10 your head was on a block or marble.



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.