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    Hi everybody,
    Please help me with this question:
    What's the difference between "loud", "aloud" and "loudly"?

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    Default Re: "loud", "loudly" and "aloud"

    That is a loud noise.

    He spoke the words aloud but she whispered them.

    Don't speak so loudly, I can hear you perfectly well.

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    Default Re: "loud", "loudly" and "aloud"

    Thank you very much, Anglika, but could you please be a bit more specific?
    Actually I'm asking about those three words as adverbs

    (Besides, I'm not very sure but I think once I've heard this: "Don't speak so loud, I can hear you perfectly well")

    Many thanks in advance
    Newbie :)

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    Default Re: "loud", "loudly" and "aloud"

    Unless I am very much mistaken, 'loud' is a word that needn't to be changed into an adverb by adding 'ly'.

    So you can say:

    Don't speak so loud. (I suspect the usage of 'loud' as an adverb is more informal)
    OR
    Don't speak so loudly.

    Both are correct.

    'aloud' is an adverb meaning 'so that people can hear', used in connection with voice. (interchangeable with 'out loud')

    The teacher listened to the children reading aloud.
    She was crying aloud for help.
    The man laughed aloud and said, "What an amusing story".


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    Default Re: "loud", "loudly" and "aloud"

    So you can say:

    Don't speak so loud. (I suspect the usage of 'loud' as an adverb is more informal)
    OR
    Don't speak so loudly.

    Both are correct.
    Yes, I know both are correct, but I still wonder if there are any difference between them. You know, I think no two words in English are completely the same :)

    Many thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Yes, I know both are correct, but I still wonder if there are any difference between them. You know, I think no two words in English are completely the same :)

    Many thanks
    Newbie
    That's true. The only difference I can think of is that "loud" works perfectly with commands but this is my personal impression.
    Speak loud!
    She speaks loudly.

    That was a loud (not loudly) explosion.

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    Thanks a lot, Banderas, and I also want to know some other members' ideas :)

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    Hi Newbie,

    I am neither a teacher nor a native English speaker as you might know this. ( I don't want to mislead other people so I have to state it repeatedly)

    Here are my two cents.

    1. aloud

    If you read, laugh, say something etc. aloud, you read etc. so that people can hear you

    eg She called aloud for help

    2.loudly

    loudly, the adverb of loud, meaning to speak or say or read in a way that makes a lot of noise.

    eg. The bomb exploded loudly. (<--made a lot of noise, unpleasantly)

    3. aloud vs. loudly

    eg1 She read the poem aloud (<--people can hear that)
    eg2 She read the poem loudly (<--She made noise)

    4. loud vs. loudly

    On the point of adverb, loud and loudly are usually interchangeable, but " loud" can be used in comparative degree.

    eg. Don't be afraid. Speak louder please.

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    Thanks a lot, thedaffodils :)

    And what do you think about these:

    Speak louder, please!
    Speak aloud, please! (so that people can hear)
    Speak more aloud, please!

    Regards
    Newbie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Thanks a lot, thedaffodils :)

    And what do you think about these:

    Speak louder, please!
    Speak aloud, please! (so that people can hear)
    Speak more aloud, please!

    Regards
    Newbie.
    Speak louder, please!
    Speak aloud, please! (so that people can hear)
    Speak more aloud, please! Shoulbe "LOUDLY"

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