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    #1

    I can smell him cook.

    1. I can smell him cooking.

    2. I can smell him cook.


    Is sentence 2 grammatical?

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    #2

    Re: I can smell him cook.

    They are both grammatical if he is the one being cooked.

    Otherwise, say 'I can smell his cooking.'

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    Re: I can smell him cook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    he is the one being cooked.

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    Re: I can smell him cook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are both grammatical if he is the one being cooked.

    Otherwise, say 'I can smell his cooking.'
    Then, what about

    "I can smell the bread burn"?

    Is it correct?

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    #5

    Re: I can smell him cook.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Then, what about

    "I can smell the bread burn"?

    Is it correct?
    Hello, wotcha.

    Well, I think you are asking about the usage of "verbs of perception".

    1. see/hear + object + infinitive
    I saw her cross the road.
    I heard him go down the stairs.

    2. see/hear + object + present participle (-ing form)
    I saw her crossing the road.
    I heard him going down the stairs.

    3. see/hear + object + past participle
    I heard my name called.
    I've never seen a television thrown through a window.

    Interestingly enough, however, the verb 'smell' is used in #2: "smell + object(something) + present participle (-ing form)"
    smell - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    So, as to your question, "I can smell the bread burning." is correct.

    I hope I can be of some help to you.

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