The cuff feel very tight on my arm.

arueng

Senior Member
CHINESE
Hi,
I wonder if the sentence below makes good sense or not.


The blood pressure cuff feels very tight on my arm.


Shouldn't we rewrite it as "I feel the blood pressure cuff is very tight on my arm?" It's I feel very tight rather than the cuff, isn't it? Thanks.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I think that here "feels" refers to our perception of the cuff, that is, how it effects our sense of touch.

    The cake looks done.
    The music sounds loud.
    The cuff feels tight.
     
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    mplsray

    Senior Member
    Hi,
    I wonder if the sentence below makes good sense or not.


    The blood pressure cuff feels very tight on my arm.


    Shouldn't we rewrite it as "I feel the blood pressure cuff is very tight on my arm?" It's I feel very tight rather than the cuff, isn't it? Thanks.
    Feel as used in your first sentence is quite acceptable. Compare "The patient's forehead feels warm (to the touch)."

    The second sentence should be avoided, because written in that form, it seems to confuse two possible meanings of feel: sense of touch (in this case, specifically, sense of pressure) and opinion.
     
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