The words “look”, “sound”, “seem” and “feel” are used to describe our feelings, impressions and reactions, but it can be a little tricky to understand how exactly to use them. So let’s have a look:
“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + adjective
1. You look great in that new dress! – We express our reaction to what we see
2. I haven’t seen her, but we spoke over the phone and she sounded nice and friendly. – We express our reaction to what we hear
3. I went for a massage yesterday, it felt really great. – We express how we feel
4. She seems really nice. – We want to covey our impression
“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + noun phrase to express our reactions, feelings and impressions through a simile (a comparison)
1. She looked like a movie star.
2. A. My new boyfriend sent me some flowers and a very nice card !
B. Wow, he sounds like a very romantic guy!
3. The place was so cozy and warm it felt like home.
4. I met her only a few times, but she seemed like a nice person.
Other uses of “feel like”
We can also use “feel like” to talk about what we are in the mood for (the things and actions that match the way we are feeling). Verbs following this expression are always in the gerund form.
I feel like dancing tonight, let’s go out!
A: Would you like a drink?”
B. No thanks, I don’t feel like it.
I feel like a million dollars. (i.e. in excellent health and spirits)
How about a little video clip?
Here’s a little video for you, I hope it sounds good, looks good and makes you feel good!