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    #1

    the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    Hello everybody!

    Many years ago, my family and I went to the zoo garden (in Wrocław - Polish town in the South-West of Poland). Although the tour of the zoo was very pleasant, we had to endure smells from various animals (mostly mammals). On our last leg of the tour, however, we were "welcomed" by an awful odour from giraffes, hence my question?

    Do the following sentences seem understandable to you?

    The smell from the giraffes was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards.

    The smell from the giraffes was so terrible that we turned our noses upwards.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    No. I'd say

    'The smell from the giraffes was so terrible that we held our noses'.

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    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    On the our last leg of our the tour, however, we were "welcomed" by an awful odour from giraffes, hence my question. ?
    Note my corrections above. The sentence is a statement, not a question, so it has to end with a period (full stop).
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    I think I prefer the first one.
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    #5

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    The first one was "The smell from the giraffes was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards". It is not natural.

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    #6

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    It's metaphorical. What don't you like about it?
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    #7

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    I don't think any native speakers would 'turn their noses upwards', metaphorically or otherwise.

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    #8

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    It sounds like the kind of thing P.G. Wodehouse might write.
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    #9

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    I don't think we'd hold P G Wodehouse up as a model of natural English for today's learners.

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    #10

    Re: the smell was so terrible as to turn our noses upwards

    We sometimes say that we "turn our nose up" at something but it's usually used to express our dislike at the idea of something or at something that has been presented to us. It's more like distaste.

    I offered my dad a cup of Early Grey tea but he turned his nose up at it. I hadn't realised he didn't like it.
    I suggested to my friend that we go and see Lord of the Rings at the cinema but she turned her nose up at the idea. She hates those epic fantasy films.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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