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    Doubts about the most corret and appropriate expression

    There's a terrible stench of fish going off (I mean it hasn't gone off yet)/ of fish gone off (I mean it has already gone off)/ of decayed fish (I mean it is a state of decay).

    Are they all possible?

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    Re: Doubts about the most corret and appropriate expression

    I think the issue is the verb tense.

    Can you see how the verb tense tells exactly what you want to say:

    There will be a stench of rotten fish.

    There's going to be a stench of rotten fish.

    There is a stench of rotten fish.

    There was a stench of rotten fish.

    There has been a stench of rotten fish

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    Re: Doubts about the most corret and appropriate expression

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    I think the issue is the verb tense.

    Can you see how the verb tense tells exactly what you want to say:

    There will be a stench of rotten fish.

    There's going to be a stench of rotten fish.

    There is a stench of rotten fish.

    There was a stench of rotten fish.

    There has been a stench of rotten fish
    Thanks so much for stating your point of view; actually I was wondering about the collocation that best fits with fish...do you think only "rotten fish" sounds good? What about the three I have suggested above?

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    Re: Doubts about the most corret and appropriate expression

    Any other helpful explanations, please?

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    Re: Doubts about the most corret and appropriate expression

    Fish that's going off has an unpleasant smell.

    Fish that's gone off has a bad smell.

    (There is no definitive cut-off point between the two states of 'offness' - it's a continuous process. In both cases you would not eat it.)

    Rotten fish has a stench of putrefaction.

    Rover

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