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I don’t feel like I usually do

Actually I don’t get how it is structured in terms of grammar. But i guess it is the same as this sentence:

I don’t feel like doing what I usually do

It seems to me that first one is wrong, but it is right. Please, explain why

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In this case, do is an auxiliary verb that replaces the verb feel that is mentioned earlier in the sentence. This is a common thing for auxiliaries in English. Thus, your sentence can be rewritten as follows:

I don't feel like I usually feel.

That's what it is actually saying. So, your interpretation is wrong.

Compare your example with this short dialogue:

— Do you feel like you got the answer right?
— Honestly, I don't feel like I got it right. / Honestly, I don't feel like I did.

What we have done here is replace got it right with something shorter, namely did. The auxiliary verb did tells us two things: what happened is in the past tense and the information about what actually happened is mentioned somewhere earlier in the dialogue.

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The two sentences you give are not the same (although both are perfectly grammatical).

I don’t feel like I usually do.

Expands to:

I do not feel like I usually feel.

The "do" in the first sentence acts as a placeholder that refers back to the previously stated main verb "feel."

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