could somebody please tell me when do these verbs (see, feel, smell, tast, understand, ...)appear in a progressive tense?
big thanks before hand.
In English grammar, we do not use ' ing ' with verbs of senses. Once they are used, they can mean other thing.

eg. John is seeing Mary. ( to meet )
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TASTE- When we are using our sense of taste to find out something the progressive form can be used.

-"Will you stop eating the chocolate cake, please, it's still hot".
- I'm just tasting it to see if it is ok. (investigating)
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Do not use -ing with senses? I disagree.


"Did you notice the old fruit at the back of the fridge?"

"Ah ha! That's what I'm smelling."


"Are you tasting the eggplant?", she asked as she watched him carefully lift the spoon to his mouth.

To answer antonio's question, I think that these verbs can be used as usual. However, one should be aware of other meanings such as "He's seeing my sister" as the other poster mentioned.


"Are you seeing what I'm seeing?"

"I was feeling pain in my leg before the operation."

"While I was smelling the Christmas cake, the drugs hit me."

"I was tasting the stale brownie for days after I ate it."

"He is quickly understanding what it means to be cursed."
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That's why sometimes we don't know whether to stick to the rules to a T or make allowance for some manueverings.
I am pretty sure you would definitely make some allowance for some manOeuverings. It's in our nature, isn't it?
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