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.


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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