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Le Mot d’Émotion: « se sentir »

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[tweetmeme source= »FrenchNad » only_single=false] Today, learn to express how you feel… but careful which words you use for « good »! 

se sentir // reflexive verb, 3rd group: to feel, when you rate how you or someone feels (I feel good/  bad).
// sentir // transitive/ intransitive verb, 3rd group: to smell, to feel (something), to sense.
Conjugation of « (se) sentir » in the Present Indicative

Je (me) sens
Tu (te) sens
Il/ Elle (se) sent
Nous (nous) sentons
Vous (vous) sentez
Ils (se) sentent 

Je me sens très *bien/ assez *bien/ bien/ mal/ très mal. // I feel very good/ pretty good/ good/ bad/ very bad.
*Funny story: As my husband was still learning French and practising during each of his visits from Austria, he wanted to tell my sister that she did not seem to feel well. Instead of saying: « Tu n’as pas l’air bien. », he said « Tu n’as pas l’air bonne »… That means « you do not look good » as in, « good in bed ». My sister’s reaction was so hilarious, I wish I would have recorded it!! CONCLUSION: Note the distinction between the adjective for good (bon, bonne) and the adverb (bien).

Je me sens mieux. // I feel better.
Je ne sens plus mes pieds. // My feet are numb.
Il sent des pieds. // His feet stink.
Je te sens inquièt(e). // I can tell you are worried.
Ça sent/ pue le poisson. // It smells/ stinks like fish.
Je ne peux pas le/ la sentir. // I can’t stand him/ her… but of course you would never say that… 

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