A. An appetizing smell of baked apples filled the house. (Longman)
B. The powerful smell of cabbage, sardines, and body odor filled the train. (Longman)
In A., the sentence begins with the indefinite article, while in B., the sentence begins with the definite article on the same noun ‘smell’. Why?
Thanks in advance
Last edited by Kazuo; 03-Apr-2010 at 01:40. Reason: addition
Hello, and good evening!
Thank you very much for your reply. I'm grateful because I feel my understanding of them deepens step by step.
As for the part beginning with “Do you have a source …..”, the meaning isn’t clear to me, I'm sorry.
Would you please rewrite that part?
I hope that is clear. If not, please ask again.
The book that I quoted from is “Longman Language Activator” Second edition 2002, Longman.
It is a little different type of dictionary, putting emphasis on helping write and speak natural English.
Sentence A. on page 282
Sentence B. on page 1100
The book is simply giving sample sentences, like any other dictionaries. The idea of the dictionary is rather that of a thesaurus in its way of presenting each word. It gives each set of sentences an explanation from a point of what situations the sentences are used in, but not from a grammatical point. In a word, it’s a dictionary, not a grammar book.
I think the clue is in the word 'definite/indefinite'.
When he entered the room, his nose was assiled by the distinct smell of rotting fish.
I think I detect a smell of something going off [=beginning to rot].
It's not a simple as that though; the line is thinly drawn. Often either will do.