The word of 'feel'

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"Feel this way", I do not know why many people, even native English speakers say the speech part of "this way" is a complement. I think "feel" is either a linking verb or a transitive verb. In this case, we could see it as an object like feel me, feel my heart, etc. What do you experts here think about it? And thank you for answering those tricky questions. 

edited Aug 30 '12 at 00:46 Hans Contributor

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Using Tolley's example, I feel better. I = subject, feel = linking verb, and better = complement. By replacing the linking verb with an equal sign, the sentence becomes I = better.

 

Grammatically, I feel this way follows the same formula, with "this way" being the complement. This seems odd because "this way" is vague when it stands alone. It is an implied reference to something felt that has appeared earlier in the text, or to something the reader/listener can infer from the context. If we dig deeper, we see this is a pointing word that requires an identifiable antecedent,

 

For instance: This year's candidates disgust me. I feel this way because ....

 

In this case, this way refers back to disgust. I feel disgust because ....

 

I hope this helps.

link answered Aug 30 '12 at 01:53 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

It really helps!! Thank you.

HansAug 30 '12 at 02:53

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