The word "smell" is associated with the functioning of a nose:
In these sentences and questions, "smell" is a transitive verb (an object follows the verb).
In these sentences, "smell" is an intransitive verb (no object):
Be careful when you use the word "smell." In these sentences and questions, the smell is probably a bad odor. (Intonation is important in this instance.)
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This page was first published on September 21, 2012. It was updated on April 27, 2016.