English Collocations Connected With Taste And Smell

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English collocations connected with taste and smell

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Today, we’re going to look at collocations, and we’re going to look at English collocations connected with taste and smell.

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We hear a lot about taste and smell these days in relation to Covid. They say it’s one of the signs that people have if they’ve got Covid. They lose their sense of taste and their sense of smell.

This is really sad because the two great pleasures are to smell something nice (well, also smell something not so nice!) or taste something really special.

a delicate scent or fragrance

Meaning: a smell that is quite light, not heavy, not overbearing; a smell that reminds you of early spring or early summer

Example:

The new perfume has a delicate scent of fresh flowers and is perfect for the summer.

a rich aroma 

Meaning: a strong smell that really gets your taste buds

Example:

Just as the door opened, the rich aroma of coffee filled the air.

English collocations connected with taste and smell

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The next is a very opposite expression:

a pungent smell

Meaning: a bad strong smell (for example, sulfur or eggs)

Examples: 

In the middle of last summer, the neighbours reported a pungent smell that was coming from an unoccupied house at the end of the street.

When I opened my lunch box, everyone in the classroom could get that pungent smell of eggs.

Examples of pungent smell:

  • rotten eggs
  • burning rubber
  • gas
  • blue cheese
  • sweat

a bitter aftertaste

Meaning: a sharp taste that stays in your mouth for a long time

Example: 

I couldn’t get rid of the bitter aftertaste in my mouth and had to eat a piece of chocolate to take it away.

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English collocations connected with taste and smell

a bland taste

Meaning: a very plain taste, without any spices, salt, pepper, or additives; like eating wet paper

Example:

I think cottage cheese has a very bland taste, and I really really don’t like it.

I like having porridge with a spoonful of honey because without it the taste is a little bit bland.

to bring out the flavour

Meaning: to make the taste of something more noticeable and make it very special

Example:

Fresh coriander leaves really bring out the flavour of this dish. 

Two spoonfuls of honey will bring out the flavour of the porridge and make it a nice tasty healthy breakfast.

English collocations connected with taste and smell

to have a keen sense of smell

Meaning: to be able to smell something and recognise differences between complex odours

Example:

The authorities use sniffer dogs in airports because they have a keen sense of smell. 

full-bodied taste

Meaning: having quite a strong taste and rich aroma; we often use this expression when we describe wine, tea, coffee, beer, sauce, etc

A full-bodied taste of something is quite strong, something not light and probably the opposite of a delicate scent.

Example: 

This wine had a full-bodied taste and was almost sweet, with very little aftertaste in a good way.

English collocations connected with taste and smell

to give off an unpleasant smell

Meaning: to produce really bad odour 

Example:

A half-eaten sandwich that had fallen behind the bed was producing an unpleasant smell.

to catch a whiff 

Meaning: (informal) to smell something for a brief period of time, for example as you walk past someone or something

We can use it in both positive and negative meanings.

Examples:

When I got out of the door, I caught a whiff of coffee and freshly baked buns from a bakery on the corner.

When I walked past my son’s bedroom, I caught a whiff of his dirty clothes on the floor. 

So here are 10 English collocations connected with smell and taste:

  • a delicate scent/fragrance
  • a rich aroma
  • a pungent smell
  • a bitter aftertaste
  • a bland taste
  • to bring out the flavour
  • to have a keen sense of smell
  • full-bodied taste
  • to give off an unpleasant smell
  • to catch a whiff

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For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

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