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    grammar question

    Hi!

    Could you please tell me what is the correct answer?

    I can smell something burn / burned / burning.

    I`d choose burn, although I am not sure.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi!

    Could you please tell me what is the correct answer?

    I can smell something burn / burned / burning.

    I`d choose burn, although I am not sure.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    "burning" is the best answer, the most likely to be said.

    But you can also say, 'I can smell something burn(ed)(t). (the past participle/adjective form) It's no longer burning but you can still smell the burn(ed)(t) smell.

    "burn" is also possible but least likely to be used. 'I can smell something burn.' indicates my ability to smell that particular smell. Maybe my sense of smell is very bad and I almost can't smell anything, but I can smell something burn. But for this unlikely use, you can also use "burn(ed)(t)" or "burning".

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "burning" is the best answer, the most likely to be said.

    But you can also say, 'I can smell something burn(ed)(t). (the past participle/adjective form) It's no longer burning but you can still smell the burn(ed)(t) smell.

    "burn" is also possible but least likely to be used. 'I can smell something burn.' indicates my ability to smell that particular smell. Maybe my sense of smell is very bad and I almost can't smell anything, but I can smell something burn. But for this unlikely use, you can also use "burn(ed)(t)" or "burning".
    Thank you very much again for your quick reply!

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