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    smell burning

    About ten minutes later, we smelt burning. I opened the oven to find my daughter's cake on fire and it was all my fault.

    Is the underlined part grammatically correct? Should I add "something" between smelt and burning?

    thanks for your help!

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    #2

    Re: smell burning

    It's fine as it is.

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    Re: smell burning

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's fine as it is.
    mm, I would say yes ok but for perfection smelt "somthing" burning as at the time you didnt know it was the cake.

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    Re: smell burning

    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Cherry View Post
    Mm, I would say 'yes, OK' but for perfection 'smelt "something" burning' as at the time you didn't know it was the cake.
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    #5

    Re: smell burning

    I, too, would write "I smelled something burning."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: smell burning

    This might be another AmE vs BrE difference. "Can anyone smell burning?" or "Yesterday, I smelt burning" etc are absolutely fine in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: smell burning

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    This might be another AmE vs BrE difference. "Can anyone smell burning?" or "Yesterday, I smelt burning" etc are absolutely fine in BrE.
    It's certainly understandable without, but I would put a "something" in there as well.

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