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# The freshly baked pie is smelling so good that the kids couldn’t wait

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29 Jun 2014, 01:48
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The freshly baked pie is smelling so good that the kids couldn’t wait to eat it.

a) is smelling so good
b) was smelling so good
c) smelled too good
d) smelled so good
e) was so well smelling

What is the difference between C and D [ Smelled So Good and Smelled too Good]
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13 Sep 2014, 09:26
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milapshah wrote:
46. The freshly baked pie is smelling so good that the kids couldn’t wait to eat it.

a) is smelling so good
b) was smelling so good
c) smelled too good
d) smelled so good
e) was so well smelling

What is the difference between C and D [ Smelled So Good and Smelled too Good]

Good question - "too good" is used in negative context and "so good" is used to define the degree of goodness in positive or negative way.
Source of confusion - Many times people say "the party was too good" when they meant "the party was very good"; and we become habitual of using "too" to replace "very".
Preferred usage - when one mean to add some negative context in anything, then "too" should be used.
Example - He is too duffer to ace the class.
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11 Dec 2014, 20:41
Between B and D, how can we eliminate?
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16 Dec 2014, 11:51
rohitmanglik wrote:
Between B and D, how can we eliminate?

Get the basic difference between simple past and past-progressive.
B is correct.
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25 Jul 2015, 04:20
rohitmanglik wrote:
Between B and D, how can we eliminate?

Get the basic difference between simple past and past-progressive.
B is correct.

According to Club Grammar book B is not correct.

Sadly what book doesn't give explanations.
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The correct choice depends upon when the statement was made. If it was made immediately after the pie was cooked and the smell was just emanating, then it is all right to use the past progressive ‘ was smelling’. However, if the statement was made a day later as a means of narrating the event, then we need to use simple past”smelled”
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20 Feb 2017, 02:26
why a.)is smelling can't be right as smell could have started in past and is present as of now
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