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    Default Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    1)I could not find the meaning of "speak low" in the dictionaries, does it have the same meaning of "lower the voice" or "speak softly"?
    2) I saw a notice in a ferry, it is "Be considerate, please tone down the voice". Is there any difference with "Lower your voice"?

    Thanks.

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    Default re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1)I could not find the meaning of "speak low" in the dictionaries, does it have the same meaning of "lower the voice" or "speak softly"?
    2) I saw a notice in a ferry, it is "Be considerate, please tone down the voice". Is there any difference with "Lower your voice"?

    Thanks.
    You got 'tone down the noise" (apart from 'dowN') in the thread title; I suppose in your post it was a slip. The difference is that 'tone down the noise' implies that there is already excessive noise.

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    Default re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You got 'tone down the noise" (apart from 'dowN') in the thread title; I suppose in your post it was a slip. The difference is that 'tone down the noise' implies that there is already excessive noise.

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    Thanks, BobK.

    I couldn't edit the thread title because I was not allowed to edit it by the computer system. Could you tell me how to do it, please? By the way, what is the meaning of "speak low' as posted in my original thread?
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 19-Jul-2012 at 20:31.

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    Default re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks, BobK.

    I couldn't edit the thread title because I was not allowed to edit it by the computer system. Could you tell me how to do it, please?

    I believe it's possible, but I don't know how. I'll ask Red5 to comment. He''ll know.
    By the way, what is the meaning of "speak low' as posted in my original thread?
    Speak softly. 'Low' is what is called a 'bare adverb'. Context is important. To my ear, 'speak soft' is dubious, and 'speak lowly' is just wrong.

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    Default Re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1)I could not find the meaning of "speak low" in the dictionaries, does it have the same meaning of "lower the voice" or "speak softly"? Yes.
    2) I saw a notice in a ferry, it is "Be considerate, please tone down the voice". Is there any difference with "Lower your voice"? Same meaning.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    2) I saw a notice in a ferry, it is "Be considerate, please tone down the voice".

    This doesn't sound very natural to me.
    Possible alternatives:
    "Be considerate, please keep your voice down".
    "Be considerate, please talk quietly".

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: Meaning of "speak low" and "tone down the noise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I couldn't edit the thread title because I was not allowed to edit it by the computer system. Could you tell me how to do it, please?
    Only moderators can edit thread titles.

    I've corrected it.

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