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    Default he smelled somthing burned/burning

    While Tom was watching TV, he smelled something ____.
    (A) burning (B) to burn (C) burned (D) was burning
    The answer is option A. Is option C acceptable?

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    Smile Re: he smelled somthing burned/burning

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    While Tom was watching TV, he smelled something ____.
    (A) burning (B) to burn (C) burned (D) was burning
    The answer is option A. Is option C acceptable?
    To me, the only logical option is the one already picked by you.


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    Default Re: he smelled somthing burned/burning

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    While Tom was watching TV, he smelled something ____.
    (A) burning (B) to burn (C) burned (D) was burning
    The answer is option A. Is option C acceptable?
    A is the rightest of all.
    B is wrong.
    C would be right only if there were some context to make 'burned' work as a past participle rather than a simple past: 'He smelled something burned to the bottom of the pan'. [This example is a bit dubious, even to me - I think in this case the speaker would probably emphasize the adhesion more, by saying something like 'He smelled something burning, stuck to the bottom of the pan' or 'He smelled something burned on to the bottom of the pan'.]
    D is a common colloquial usage, with the elision of 'that': "He smelled [that] something was burning.

    So, in an exam, use A, but don't be surprised if in real life you hear D too.

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    Thumbs up Re: he smelled somthing burned/burning

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
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    D is a common colloquial usage, with the elision of 'that': "He smelled [that] something was burning.
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    Oh yes; I've just realised that.

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