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    Smile meaning

    When I say "the soup smells delicious" what does smell here mean?

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    Re: meaning

    The aroma of the soup.

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    When I say "the soup smells delicious" what does smell here mean?
    In that use, "smell" is a linking verb. The soup is not smelling anything.

    The verb links the adjective to the subject.

    Here's an example I often use:

    The dog smells bad. (he has an offensive odor)
    The dog smells badly. (don't take him hunting -- his nose doesn't work)

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