[Idiom] smell

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Will17

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Hello!

Which is best:
-My room smells of cigarettes.

-My room smells of cigarette.

-My room smells of tobacco.

-My room smells tobacco.

Cheers
W
 

emsr2d2

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Hello!

Which is best:
-My room smells of cigarettes.

-My room smells of cigarette.

-My room smells of tobacco.

-My room smells tobacco.

Cheers
W

1 & 3 are correct. 2 & 4 are not.

Whether you use 1 or 3 depends on whether you room actually smells of cigarettes (usually cigarette smoke) or of tobacco. They have slightly different smells.
 

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Then, should we use tabocco smell for those of pipes and cigars?

Personally, I would still be inclined to be specific when talking about the actual smell:

My room smells of pipe smoke.
My room smells of cigar smoke.
My room smells of cigar smoke.

If my room smelt of tobacco, then I would expect it to smell of unburnt, dried tobacco leaves.
 
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