Quick answer
"Feel" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "sentir", and "sense" is a noun which is often translated as "el sentido". Learn more about the difference between "feel" and "sense" below.
feel(
fil
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perceive)
a. sentir
He can't feel his legs after the accident.Después del accidente, no siente las piernas.
2. (to sense with hands)
a. tocar
I felt the mug to see if it was warm enough.Toqué la taza para ver si estaba suficientemente caliente.
b. palpar
I felt the floor looking for my keys.Palpé el suelo en busca de mis llaves.
3. (to experience emotionally)
a. sentir
I felt something special for him.Sentí algo especial por él.
4. (to think)
a. creer
I feel that you should apologize to her.Creo que deberías pedirle disculpas.
b. considerar
I feel that having free access to the internet is a basic necessity.Considero que tener acceso gratuito al internet es un derecho básico.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to physically perceive)
a. sentirse
I feel energized after a good run.Me siento lleno de energía después de una buena corrida.
b. encontrarse
I am feeling sore after the workout.Me encuentro adolorida después del entrenamiento.
6. (to mentally perceive)
a. sentirse
I felt terribly sad when I knew he had died.Me sentí tristísima cuando supe que había muerto.
7. (to have an opinion)
a. opinar
How do you feel about the new schedule?¿Qué opinas del nuevo horario?
8. (to want to; used with "like")
a. apetecer
Do you feel like going to the theater?¿Te apetece ir al teatro?
b. tener ganas de
I don't feel like watching a movie tonight.No tengo ganas de ver una película esta noche.
c. antojarse
Do you feel like having pizza for lunch?¿Se te antoja almorzar una pizza?
9. (to seem)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Her wedding dress felt like silk.Su vestido de novia parecía seda al tacto.
The mug felt hot when I took it out of the microwave.La taza estaba caliente cuando la saqué del microondas.
10. (to search with hands)
a. buscar a tientas
I felt for my ring under the sofa.Busqué a tientas mi anillo bajo el sofá.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (sensation)
a. la sensación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My son loves the feel of warm water while taking a bath.A mi hijo le encanta la sensación del agua caliente cuando se baña.
b. el tacto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The feel of the velvet is really soft.El tacto del terciopelo es verdaderamente suave.
12. (act of feeling)
a. tocar
Your fur coat looks very soft. Let me have a feel.Tu abrigo de piel parece muy suave. Déjame tocarlo.
13. (impression)
a. el ambiente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The house offered a welcoming feel thanks to its comfy furniture.La casa tenía un ambiente acogedor gracias a sus muebles cómodos.
b. el aspecto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Our room hotel was very small and had an untidy feel.Nuestra habitación de hotel era muy pequeña y tenía un aspecto desordenado.
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sense(
sehns
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (physical faculty)
a. el sentido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Blind people compensate for their lack of sight by enhancing other senses.Los ciegos compensan la falta de vista desarrollando otros sentidos.
2. (feeling)
a. la sensación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Déjà vu is the sense of having been to a place before.El déjà vu es la sensación de haber estado anteriormente en un sitio.
3. (good judgment)
a. el sentido común
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He doesn't seem to have much sense.Parece que no tiene mucho sentido común.
4. (sanity)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Have they taken leave of their senses?¿Han perdido el juicio?
She finally came to her senses and signed the document.Al final entró en razón y firmó el documento.
5. (awareness)
a. el sentido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He has no sense of direction.No tiene ningún sentido de la orientación.
6. (point)
a. el sentido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's no sense in waiting any longer.No tiene sentido esperar más tiempo.
7. (meaning)
a. el sentido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This word has many senses.Esta palabra tiene muchos sentidos.
b. el significado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That word has three senses in the dictionary.Esa palabra tiene tres significados en el diccionario.
8. (opinion)
a. la opinión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What is your sense of his progress to date?¿Cuál es tu opinión de sus progresos hasta ahora?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to be aware of)
a. sentir
When I came home, I sensed something was wrong.Cuando llegué a casa, sentí que algo pasaba.
10. (to realize)
a. darse cuenta de
He sensed that it was the best thing to do.Se dio cuenta de que era lo mejor que se podía hacer.
11. (to detect)
a. detectar
The device senses minute variations in temperature.El dispositivo detecta variaciones mínimas de temperatura.
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