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Is there any difference in usage between 気{き}が向{む}く and 気がする?

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Both can be translated as "feel like", but they are totally different.

気が向く is "to feel like doing it", describing someone's volition or intention.

  • 気が向いたら読んでください。 Please read it if you like to.
  • うーん、どうも気が向かない。 Hmm, somehow I don't feel like doing it.

Verb/adjective + 気がする is "to feel ~", describing someone's sense or intuition.

  • 難しい本のような気がする。 I feel it's a difficult book.
  • 何かが足りない気がします。 I feel like something is lacking.

EDIT: 気がする can also mean "feel like doing", especially in negative sentences.

  • 食べる気がしない。 I don't feel like eating it.
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    Can 気がしない be used to express "I don't feel like doing something"? E.g. 外出をする気がしない。 – user1602 Mar 27 '17 at 0:51
  • @user1602 Good point, 気がしない is almost the same as 気が向かない. – naruto Mar 27 '17 at 1:01

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