You use your nose when you smell something:
He’s smelling the soup.
This verb can be transitive or intransitive. A transitive verb is followed by an object:
An intransitive verb is not followed by an object:
If you use the word "smell" by itself, it usually indicates the presence of an unpleasant odor, so be careful how you use this word:
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This page was first published on December 23, 2011. It was amended on December 27, 2014.