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    smell and air

    Which one is correct?

    I am talking to air
    I am talking to the air

    I smell peach
    I smell peaches
    I smell a peach

    What's the difference? air or smell is uncountable right so there should be a the or an a?

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: smell and air

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which one is correct?

    I am talking to air
    I am talking to the air

    I smell peach
    I smell peaches
    I smell a peach

    What's the difference? air or smell is uncountable right so there should be a the or an a?
    Somewhat difficult to answer since there is no context for the sentences. "I am talking to the air" is understandable as "no-one is listening to me".

    As to your other sentences, they all are correct with different meanings:

    I smell peach = I sense an aroma which is that of the fruit.
    I smell peaches = I smell the aroma of several peaches
    I smell a peach = I smell the aroma of one peach.

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