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    Cool smell

    Hello!

    Which is best:
    -My room smells of cigarettes.

    -My room smells of cigarette.

    -My room smells of tobacco.

    -My room smells tobacco.

    Cheers
    W

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    Re: smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Which is best:
    -My room smells of cigarettes.

    -My room smells of cigarette.

    -My room smells of tobacco.

    -My room smells tobacco.

    Cheers
    W
    1 & 3 are correct. 2 & 4 are not.

    Whether you use 1 or 3 depends on whether you room actually smells of cigarettes (usually cigarette smoke) or of tobacco. They have slightly different smells.

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    Re: smell

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They have slightly different smells.
    Then, should we use tabocco smell for those of pipes and cigars?

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    Re: smell

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Then, should we use tabocco smell for those of pipes and cigars?
    Personally, I would still be inclined to be specific when talking about the actual smell:

    My room smells of pipe smoke.
    My room smells of cigar smoke.
    My room smells of cigar smoke.

    If my room smelt of tobacco, then I would expect it to smell of unburnt, dried tobacco leaves.

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    Re: smell

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Then, should we use tabocco smell for those of pipes and cigars?
    I'd use that only before they are lit.

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