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    1.I saw this expression on the paper, "I've found it possible for our team to win."
    but I think the correct English should be "I've found it was possible for our team to win." Am I right ? =)

    2. We don't care if a hunting dog smells___ , but we really don't want him to smell___.
    A. well , badly B. Badly, bad
    The answer is B, but I think A is also correct, just it expresses an opposite meaning. is that true?

    Thanks to all the teachers, I know most of my questions are doubtable, but these clumsy questions are from China's most authoritative English test --College Entrance Examination or English Band Test

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    I saw this expression on the paper, "I've found it possible for our team to win."
    This is a well-formed sentence.



    2. We don't care if a hunting dog smells___ , but we really don't want him to smell___.
    A. well , badly B. Badly, bad
    B is correct.

    badly =adverb
    bad =adjective

    The first "smell" denotes ability; the second "smell" denotes quality. The first "smell" is an intransitive verb, the second is a linking verb. Linking verbs allow adjectival complementation, intransitive verbs do not.

    The dog notices odours badly, smells badly.
    The dog exudes unpleasant odours; it smells bad.

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    Please give a sensible title to your threads. We like to have some idea of what we may be dealing with.

    The sentence on the paper is acceptable. Yours would be better as:

    I've found it was is possible for our team to win. or:
    I 've found it was possible for our team to win.


    2. We don't care if a hunting dog smells___ , but we really don't want him to smell___.
    A. well , badly B. Badly, bad

    The answer is B, but I think A is also correct, just it expresses an opposite meaning. is that true?

    No.

    In my opinion, the word for the first gap is bad. If a dog smells bad, it stinks. This is not important in a hunting dog.
    The word for the second gap is badly. If a hunting dog smells badly, it is not much use - it has a poor sense of smell. However, this is an unnatural sentence. In this situation we would actually say:

    We dont care if a hunting dog smells bad, but we really don't want him to have a poor sense of smell.

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    Can I say----
    We dont care if a hunting dog smells good, but we really don't want him to have a poor sense of smell.

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