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    Drains in my city are uncovered...

    Hi teachers,

    Drains in my city are uncovered and full of dirty water. They smell badly. They must be covered. Is it correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Drains in my city are uncovered...

    Drains in my city are uncovered and full of dirty water. They smell badly. They must be covered. Is it correct?

    "The drains in my city are uncovered and full of dirty water. They smell bad. They must be covered".

    If you don't mean all the drains, then:
    "Some drains/Many drains in my city ..."

    In this case it's "smell bad", as with "feel bad" or "look bad".
    Here's a link to an explanation of copula verbs like these.
    Copula Verbs - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

    not a teacher

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