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    to venture on such words/ in a blank voice

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    One of our orators venturing on such words on the rostrum in the Chamber would have charged them with the most powerful accents; but Mr. Baldwin uttered the words in a blank voice. (“Notes to a French Statesman Crossing the Channel for the First Time” after Andre Maurois)

    to venture on such words = to risk to utter such words, to have the courage to utter them

    in a blank voice = in a dead voice, in an inexpressive voice

    Last edited by vil; 04-Aug-2011 at 09:11.

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    Re: to venture on such words/ in a blank voice

    Yes, though the could be other ways of phrasing the first- it's not necessarily just a question of nerve to use them.

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