Why sometimes "a" is used after oler and sometimes not. Is there some logic?

EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why sometimes "a" is used after oler and sometimes not. Is there some logic?

Asked 2 years ago
InmaKwiziq team member
Hola Emanuel, Oler is used without preposition "a" when there is a direct object or it is followed by an adverb, for example: "Yo huelo las flores en mi jardín" (I am smelling the flowers in my garden), the flowers being the direct object, or "Él huele fatal" = "He smells horrible", horrible being the adverb. However when you want to say that "Something smells of something or like something" we need preposition "a", e.g "El coche huele a gasolina" (The car smells of petrol). I hope your doubt has been clarified. Gracias.
EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thank you - just an additional question - ¿Vosotros oléis a pollo quemado? Could it also mean Do you smell of burned chicken?
EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Could I ask - ¿Vosotros oléis pollo quemado? Would it mean - do you smell burned chicken?

InmaKwiziq team member

Yes Emmanuel, this sentence "Vosotros oléis a pollo quemado" could also mean "You smell of burned chicken".

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Why sometimes "a" is used after oler and sometimes not. Is there some logic?

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