29/06/16 The Meaning of ‘SOUND’

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Sound is a copular verb (like feel, look, smell etc.). It is followed by adjectives, not adverbs.
Example:
You sound unhappy. What’s the matter?

Progressive forms (-ING) are not very common.
Example:
Your idea sounds great. (NOT Your idea’s sounding great.)

However, progressive forms are possible when there is an idea of change.
Example:
The car sounds/is sounding a bit rough these days.

Sound is often followed by like or as if.
Examples:
That sounds like Bill coming up the stairs.
It sounds as if she’s had a hard day.