how do you feel about getting licked by a cat?

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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Are these two sentences correct?

How do you feel about getting licked by a cat?
How do you feel to get licked by a cat?


I think the first one is correct, but I am not sure of the second one. Should it be changed to "How does it feel to be licked by a cat"?

Thanks a lot.
 
  • Erebos12345

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hello

    I agree with you. The second one doesn't sound quite right.

    But be careful. You'd ask the first question hypothetically to obtain their opinion. The third question, I feel you'd ask someone who was just licked by a cat. You can also ask how does it feel to get licked by a cat?
     

    stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you very much.

    Why is the second one not quite right?

    In the third question, "How does it feel to be licked by a cat"? What does IT refer to? Does it refer to be licked by a cat?
     

    Erebos12345

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi

    The second one doesn't sounds right. I don't think that construction is possible.
    The set phrase is How do you feel about...
    How do you feel about moving to Europe?
    How do you feel about going to the movies?
    How do you feel about being eaten by a shark?
    How do you feel to move to Europe? :cross:
    How do you feel to go to the movies?:cross:
    How do you feel to be eaten by a shark?:cross:

    In the third question, "How does it feel to be licked by a cat"? What does IT refer to? Does it refer to be licked by a cat?
    Never thought about that...but yes, I guess it does. :D
     

    stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    So, are there two set phrases? One is how do you feel about doing something, and the other is how does it feel to do something?
     

    se16teddy

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    English - England
    1. How does it feel to get licked by a cat?
    2. How does it feel to lick a cat?
    3. How do you feel about getting licked by a cat?
    4. How do you feel about licking a cat?
    1 and 2 refer specifically to the physical sensation; 3 and 4 are more general attitude - you may feel squeamish, disgusted, ...
     
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