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D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:10:04 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Have you worn that old perfume grandma gave you?

Is the above correct?

I am looking forward to your answers.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 10:56:49 AM
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It's fine grammatically. Just unlikely.

One simply doesn't wear "old" perfume. "Old" perfume means it's bad. It smells revolting, and stains.

Just cut the word "old" out and it will be fine.

ps: just a point you might find interesting: it's considered rather Low to discuss "perfume" in higher circles. The acceptable word used is "scent"!

D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:18:33 PM

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Thank you Romany.
Can we use the verb "wear" with "scent"?

I am looking forward to your answers.
D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:21:04 PM

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And what would you use to describe a type of perfume that was first made,e.g. 50 years ago, and is still produced? Does "traditional" serve the purpose?

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Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:43:48 PM
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Well, we don't, actually.

All the best scents around - Chanel, Yves St.Laurent, Madame Rochas, Dior etc - ARE the old traditional Classic ones.

What we'd tend to do is name the House (as above - Chanel, Dior, etc. ) - not the specific name of the scent. Unless it were one of the Greats - Like Chanel's Nos 5 & 22.

That all sounds terribly complicated, doesn't it? But this is what we'd say: "Have you worn that Chanel (perfume) grandma gave you?"

(In spoken conversation we wouldn't have to specify that it was Chanel perfume rather than a Chanel jacket! We'd know what was being referred to.)
D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:44:54 PM

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Romany, by "stains" you mean "leaves marks"?

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Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:47:51 PM
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Yes. Old perfume loses all its oils and turns a dark colour. If you put a dab on your hanky or collar it would leave a round, yellowy-brown stain.
D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:07:50 PM

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Got it. I appreciate your help. Boo hoo!

I am looking forward to your answers.
Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:50:20 PM
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If you wanted to suggest the age of the perfume, you could say, "the vintage perfume that Grandmas has kept on her dresser for decades" or "perfume that was given to Grandma over 50 years ago."
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