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    of fish

    My hands smell of fish.
    Can I write "My hands smell fish odour".
    What is "of fish"?
    Thank you.

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    Re: of fish

    Hi soemoe

    It should not be read as "to smell - of fish" but "to smell of/like - fish":

    "My hands smell fish odour" doesn't mean that they smell of fish odour but that they physically have the ability to smell fish odour, as one would do with one's nose.
    smell: Definition, Synonyms from

    1. To use the sense of smell; perceive the scent of something.
    2. To have or emit an odor: “The breeze smelled exactly like Vouvray—flowery, with a hint of mothballs underneath” (Anne Tyler).
    3. To be suggestive; have a touch of something: a cave that smells of terror.
    4. To have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink: This closet smells.
    5. To appear to be dishonest; suggest evil or corruption.
    Hope this helps


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