Alcoholic smell

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Alcoholic smell

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:19 pm

Hi you guys! My sister comes home drunk, and when my mother asks me to help take my sister to my sister's room, on the way to her room, I can smell a lot of alcohol from her body. Is the following sentence said correctly in this case?

"Her body stinks of heavy alcoholic smell"

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Alcoholic smell

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:17 pm

"She {stinks / reeks} of alcohol!" ("Her {breath / clothes} reek (etc. ...)".)

For some reason, English speakers tend not to single out the body of a person for special mention in this context unless there is a particularly salient reason for doing so (for instance, if the person has been arrested on suspicion of arson, or has been found dead) — though the smelliness of particular parts of someone's body (e.g. feet or armpits) may be commented on.

Incidentally, in English you do not stink of a smell. You can {stink / smell} (intransitively), or you can {stink / smell} of an odoriferous substance.
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Re: Alcoholic smell

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:53 am

Erik: Thanks a lot for your help. I really appreciate it.
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