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    #1

    Peter smelt his sweat

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Do I need to write "his own sweat" or is it enough with just "his sweat"?


    Peter smelt his sweat and thought that as soon as he came home he was going to take a bath.

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    Re: Peter smelt his sweat

    It's smelled in American English.

    Write as soon as he got home.

    His own sweat works better for me.
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    Re: Peter smelt his sweat

    "Smelt" has a different meaning altogether. It means to extract metal from its ore.
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    Re: Peter smelt his sweat

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Smelt" has a different meaning altogether. It means to extract metal from its ore.
    The simple past of to smelt is "smelted". Smelt is also a common simple past of to smell in British but not American English.

    Of all the British variants of past forms, I think smelt is the one that looks oddest to my American English-trained eyes.

    As a noun, smelt is a tasty little freshwater fish that lives in the North American Great Lakes.
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    Re: Peter smelt his sweat

    Regardless of the spelling, his own works better for me. However, could smell might work there.

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