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    Cool Half-opened mouth

    Does "He recites with half-opened mouth" make sense? Otherwise, how must be said it, please?

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    If I were you I would write the sentence in question in this way:

    He recites half-heartedly.

    half-heartedly = without enthusiasm

    Synonyms: unenthusiastically, perfunctorily, lukewarmly, indifferently, lackadaisically, reluctantly, unwillingly, feebly, weakly, spiritlessly, uninterestedly

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    Last edited by vil; 27-Aug-2010 at 11:22.

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    I would say 'He recites without opening his mouth properly'.

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    Cool Re: Half-opened mouth

    Thank You to both of you but I must have given some more information; my fault. He is reciting a personal monologue, kind of soliloquy, about the lose of soul, as if talking to himself. Taking it into account, please, how would you express this idea of "mouth half-opened"?

    Thanks again

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Thank You to both of you but I must have given some more information; my fault. He is reciting a personal monologue, kind of soliloquy, about the lose of soul, as if talking to himself. Taking it into account, please, how would you express this idea of "mouth half-opened"?

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    It would seem that "to mumble" might be appropriate. "He mumbled the recital".
    Definition of mumble verb from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    In my humble opinion you have to go in guest of a detached view of the present clash of interest.

    Naturally I stick to my guns. It is my profound conviction especially upon receipt of your additional context.

    stick to one’s guns = hold fast to a statement, opinion, or course of action

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    I’m inclined to think that the suggestion of bhaisahab is very close to the true.

    mumble = to speak with the lips partly closed, so as to render the sounds inarticulate and imperfect to utter words in a grumbling indistinct manner, indicating discontent or displeasure; to mutter.

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    Re: Half-opened mouth

    Is "with his mouth half-open" better than "with half-opened mouth"?

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