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By Laura K. Lawless, About.com GuideApril 12, 2012
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Under one of the senses, “smell / l’odorat,” does French make a distinction between a pleasant and an unpleasant smell (stink), other than saying “ça sent bon / mauvais”?
Sure. Une odeur is neutral, but can be modified with adjectives like bonne and mauvaise. Un arôme is a nice smell, while une puanteur is a stink. There’s also a verb: puer = to stink.
Thanks. Your explanation is very helpful.
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