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Instead of sens bon I answered Je sens la rose. I thought that was right.....?

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Lisa

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

3 replies

Instead of sens bon I answered Je sens la rose. I thought that was right.....?

I expect not!

This relates to:
Using 'sentir bon' and 'se sentir bien' -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

Bonjour Lisa,
Je sens la rose = I smell the rose on the other hand La rose sent bon = the rose smells good

I hope that helps

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

Merci Ron,
I appreciate your answer. However there is a fixed case for sens la rose.
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/my-languages/french/view/4733?rts=%252Fsearch%253Fs%253DSentir
So I think I should not have been marked wrong!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 July 2017

17/07/17

Bonjour Lisa !

The meaning is indeed there, however "je sens la rose" is a figurative expression, which you wouldn't really translate by the plain equivalent "I smell good", but by a similarly visual image (like heaven, like roses...).
The neutral way to express "I smell good" is "Je sens bon" :)

In the same way, you would translate "it's raining cats and dogs" by the simple "il pleut", but rather the equivalent colloquial expression "il pleut des cordes".
Bonne journée !

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