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use of Present Continuous with 5 senses verbs



mr.dgdln
Turkey

use of Present Continuous with 5 senses verbs
 
not long ago one of my colleagues claimed that we can ´t use Present Continuous with verbs like "hear,smell etc."
 
It sounds correct when I say " I am hearing some strange noises coming from downstairs" or "what are you seeing around? I ´m seeing old houses."
 
Am I mistaken?
 
(I know the difference between those 2 sentences
" something delicious smells in the kitchen "
" I ´m smelling scents of the flowers")

27 Sep 2009      



mr.dgdln
Turkey

Thanks _ladybird_
would you also comment on my sentences above since you are knowledgeable? are those two sentences totally false or is it used in English language not grammatically but daily? because they sound correct to me.

27 Sep 2009     



arkel
Ireland

Hi Mr. dgdin, as a native speaker they sound strange to me. I would use present simple in all cases.

27 Sep 2009     



mr.dgdln
Turkey

Thanks arkel. really kind of you!

how bizarre! I ´ve not given attention to this topic before.

27 Sep 2009     



arkel
Ireland

Hi Mr. dgdin, as a native speaker they sound strange to me. I would use present simple in all cases. The only time I ´d use gerund is ´I keep hearing noises from downstairs ´, and ´I ´m seeing my friend tomorrow ´. Hope this helps:)

27 Sep 2009     



mr.dgdln
Turkey

then I can possibly say
"I am seeing my doctor tomorrow" can ´t I?

28 Sep 2009     



mr.dgdln
Turkey

I really need to revise this topic then. I ´m gonna put forward one more idea out of my illiteracy on this topic.
let me say it
what if I say:
" I am tasting the soup to see how salty it is"
would it sound correct?

28 Sep 2009     



goodnesses
Algeria

" I am tasting the soup to see how salty it is"

Many verbs of feeling can be used as action verbs and as state verbs.

Your sentence is correct, but we cannot say: The soup is tasting too salty. But: The soup tastes too salty. OR The soup is too salty.


EDIT

28 Sep 2009     



mr.dgdln
Turkey

Some verbs have more than one meaning. Some meanings behave like "Non-continuous   Verbs", while other meanings behave like

"Continuous Verbs."

appear

 

Donna appears confused

My favorite singer is appearing at the concert.

have

I have a brother and a sister.

I am having fun at the party now.

I am having a cup of coffee.

miss

John misses his ex-wife very much.

Debbie is missing her favorite talk show.

see

 I see a car accident.

 I am seeing a doctor.

smell

The coffee smells good

I am smelling the flowers

 

  taste

The soup tastes wonderful.

I am tasting the fish soup.

  think

He thinks the test is easy.

He is thinking of changing the job.

Sorry for occupying the page but I have a document which says as above.

28 Sep 2009     



goodnesses
Algeria

That ´s what simply makes some verbs either state verbs or action verbs. When a verb refers to a state of someone or something it ´s always used in the simple form (past or present). When the verb refers to an action it can be used in either; depending on the action being progressive or not.

Donna appears confused  --> State: How is Donna? How does she look?
My favorite singer is appearing
at the concert.
  --> Action: going in/to the concert

28 Sep 2009     



Olindalima ( F )
Portugal

Your soup is ready.

28 Sep 2009     

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