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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:24:16 PM
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Hello,

Quote:
People who cannot speak can talk by using signs.
(Longman Dictionary of American English)


I pay attention to the combination of the words 'speak' and 'talk' in the sentence.
Other combinations are possible, though in theory.
They are as follows, including the original one.
A. speak……talk
B. speak……speak
C. talk………speak
D. talk………talk
Why did the writer choose the combination A from among A, B, C and D?

Thank you.
renee talley 1
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:24:47 PM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:
People who cannot speak can talk by using signs.
(Longman Dictionary of American English)


I pay attention to the combination of the words 'speak' and 'talk' in the sentence.
Other combinations are possible, though in theory.
They are as follows, including the original one.
A. speak……talk
B. speak……speak
C. talk………speak
D. talk………talk
Why did the writer choose the combination A from among A, B, C and D?

Thank you.
Aa person who has a speech impaired speech wasn't born this case and 1 dr. left the medication
too long speak too fast sounds like greek to someone but when a person's mouth is moist and talks slow
most of the time can be understood. To have only one ear to hear from and even a hearing aid can be spoken and talked to
is very lucky even if their perception from what direction the person finally locates the direction the person
voice is coming from in this case to be spoken to thoroughly doesn't feel left out of the conversationApplause Applause Applause Applause
onsen
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:28:10 PM
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renee talley wrote:
Aa person who has a speech impaired speech wasn't born this case and 1 dr. left the medication
too long speak too fast sounds like greek to someone but when a person's mouth is moist and talks slow
most of the time can be understood. To have only one ear to hear from and even a hearing aid can be spoken and talked to
is very lucky even if their perception from what direction the person finally locates the direction the person
voice is coming from in this case to be spoken to thoroughly doesn't feel left out of the conversationApplause Applause Applause Applause


Would you please rewrite all the thing so that people can understand what you mean?
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:45:28 PM
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Onsen, -

I don't think renee can speak English at all - all posts look like they've just gone into a translator.

However, they seem to be happy and don't bother anyone, so the rest of us just ignore her/his posts.
onsen
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:20:58 PM
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Romany wrote:
However, they seem to be happy and don't bother anyone, so the rest of us just ignore her/his posts.


Definitely!Applause Applause

Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 8:17:06 AM
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One forum requires a member replying to give helpful answers. In fact, the member's reply will be deleted by a moderator if it doesn't answer the question correctly.

I think The Free Dictionary Language Forums should do the same.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:00:25 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:
People who cannot speak can talk by using signs.
(Longman Dictionary of American English)


I pay attention to the combination of the words 'speak' and 'talk' in the sentence.
Other combinations are possible, though in theory.
They are as follows, including the original one.
A. speak……talk
B. speak……speak
C. talk………speak
D. talk………talk
Why did the writer choose the combination A from among A, B, C and D?

Thank you.


"Speak" and "talk" are often used interchangeably, but there are times when the meaning is slightly different. This is one of those times. "Speak", as it is used here, means to communicate using verbal language. But "talk", as used here, means to communicate. There are many ways to "talk", which is communicating, but using different methods such as sign language, whistles, clicks, smoke signals, drums, etc.

So in this sentence, people who cannot speak, verbally, can still talk (communicate) by using signs. That is why A was chosen as the correct answer. It is the only one that fits the meanings without being repetitious.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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