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    Arrow Hold Conversation

    a) "He held conversation with her."
    b) "He held a conversation with her."

    Does a) mean he stopped talking with her, or is it a corrupted version of b)?

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    #2

    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    a) "He held conversation with her."
    b) "He held a conversation with her."

    Does a) mean he stopped talking with her, or is it a corrupted version of b)?
    Only b) is natural.

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    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Only b) is natural.
    Agree, and if one wanted to stop or suspend conversation you could say "held up conversation".

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    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Agree, and if one wanted to stop or suspend conversation you could say "held up conversation".
    Perhaps it's because I am a BrE speaker, but I cannot think of a situation in which I would want to use 'hold up conversation'.

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    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Perhaps it's because I am a BrE speaker, but I cannot think of a situation in which I would want to use 'hold up conversation'.
    Perhaps, maybe a strech but consider, "he held up conversation with her rather than offend her any further".

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    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Perhaps, maybe a strech but consider, "he held up conversation with her rather than offend her any further".
    That may be OK in AmE, but for me it's just wrong.

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    Question Re: Hold Conversation

    Hi all,
    Could we possibly say, 'he broke off the conversation'? If yes, would it imply a complete stop or a short pause?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    Could we possibly say, 'he broke off the conversation'? Yes

    If yes, would it imply a complete stop or a short pause? That would depend on context..
    I think.
    Last edited by 5jj; 09-Sep-2011 at 01:17. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: Hold Conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I rhink.


    Thanks a million!

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