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    #1

    smell

    hi there,

    I don't know which verb should go with 'a bad smell'.

    We (sense/ smell) a bad smell suddenly.

    thanks
    pete

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    Re: smell

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    hi there,

    I don't know which verb should go with 'a bad smell'.

    We (sense/ smell) a bad smell suddenly.

    thanks
    pete
    Pete, I don't like your options for this sentence. If you have to pick one of the choices and use the format as given, go with: 'We sensed a bad smell suddenly.'

    Native speakers would say something like: 'Suddenly, we smelled a foul odor.'

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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