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    'Smooths' or 'Smoothes'?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think this is a typo. Doesn't it have to be "sweat"?

    3-3)There are many reasons why cats spend so much time licking themselves...In cold weather, repeated licking smooths down the fur and keeps keeps body heat in.
    Shouldn't smooths down be smoothes down?

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Shouldn't smooths down be smoothes down?



    No — smooths is correct.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    Miriam-Webster gives both "smooths" and "smoothes" as the 3rd person singular present form. I've always used the "e".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Miriam-Webster gives both "smooths" and "smoothes" as the 3rd person singular present form. I've always used the "e".
    The BNC has 27 citations for 'smooths', 23 of them for the verb, four for the plural noun. It has only four for 'smoothes', all for the verb. I don't honestly know for certain which I'd use, but I think it would be 'smoothes'.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    You surprise me.

    I've never seen smoothes before in my life.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    It seems to be more popular in AmE than in BrE. COCA has 146 'smoothes' and 243 'smooths'. I must have been reading too much colonial literature.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    I think it looks wrong without the "e." So there you go.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin



    Another example:


    "Music soothes anxiety, pain in cancer patients"

    More: Music soothes anxiety, pain in cancer patients - CNN.com

    "Eating chicken soup to combat a cold is an age-old remedy, dating back to 12th Century physician Maimonides, and it may work. Drinking warm liquid soothes the nasal passages while the soup seems to act as an anti-inflammatory. Protein from chicken and antioxidants from vegetables also help the body make virus-killing antibodies."
    More: BBC News - Is a cure for the common cold on the way?

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    These posts were nothing to do with the original question on 'sweet/sweat', so I have moved them to a new thread.

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    Re: sweet dries on our skin

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    Another example:


    "Music soothes anxiety, pain in cancer patients"

    More: Music soothes anxiety, pain in cancer patients - CNN.com

    "Eating chicken soup to combat a cold is an age-old remedy, dating back to 12th Century physician Maimonides, and it may work. Drinking warm liquid soothes the nasal passages while the soup seems to act as an anti-inflammatory. Protein from chicken and antioxidants from vegetables also help the body make virus-killing antibodies."
    More: BBC News - Is a cure for the common cold on the way?

    Thank you all.
    "Soothe" and "smooth" are not the same word.

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