Conjugate oler in El Presente (present tense)

Oler (to smell) is an irregular verb in El Presente.

yo huelo
hueles
él / ella / Ud. huele
nosotros / nosotras 
olemos 
vosotros / vosotras 
oléis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   huelen

Notice the stem changes from ol- to huel-, except for nosotros and vosotros. However, all the endings are regular.

Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo huelo siempre bien.
I always smell good.

hueles a perfume fresco.
You smell of floral perfume.

Ella lo huele todo.
She smells everything.

Nosotros olemos las rosas del jardín.
We smell the roses in the garden.

¿Vosotros oléis a pollo quemado?
Can you smell burned chicken?

Las galletas huelen a chocolate.
Cookies smell like chocolate.

 



 

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Nosotros olemos las rosas del jardín.
We smell the roses in the garden.


Ella lo huele todo.
She smells everything.


hueles a perfume fresco.
You smell of floral perfume.


Yo huelo siempre bien.
I always smell good.


¿Vosotros oléis a pollo quemado?
Can you smell burned chicken?


Las galletas huelen a chocolate.
Cookies smell like chocolate.


Q&A

Emanuel

Kwiziq community member

24 November 2017

4 replies

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

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

25 November 2017

25/11/17

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.

Emanuel

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2018

9/04/18

Thank you - just an additional question - ¿Vosotros oléis a pollo quemado? Could it also mean Do you smell of burned chicken?

Emanuel

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2018

9/04/18

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

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 April 2018

10/04/18

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

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Getting that for you now.