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    Question about a definition

    Hi Teachers,
    Could you tell me if the explanation given to the underlined words sounds natural?
    The man is disturbing her because he is snoring.
    Explanation:
    When someone who is sleeping is snoring, they produce a strident sound when they respire.
    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: Question about a definition

    It sounds ok.

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    Re: Question about a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    It sounds ok.
    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your reply.

    Best,
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    Re: Question about a definition

    As your question is about Snoring, that would have been a better thread title.

    I prefer the WordReference Dictionary definition of snore:
    a snorting or grunting sound in a person's breathing while they are asleep.
    Snoring is not always strident and respire is not a commonly used word.

    Rover

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    Re: Question about a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    As your question is about Snoring, that would have been a better thread title.

    I prefer the WordReference Dictionary definition of snore:


    Snoring is not always strident and respire is not a commonly used word.

    Rover
    So sorry for my inappropriate thread title and thank you for your reply.
    On the other hand, if i use 'respire' it is because the verb is very similar to 'respirar' which is the Spanish one. Much easier to understand to my students than the verb 'breathe'.

    Best,
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    Last edited by learning54; 23-Dec-2011 at 13:57.

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    Re: Question about a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    On the other hand, if i use 'respire' it is because the verb is very similar to 'respirar' which is the Spanish one. Much easier to understand to my students than the verb 'breathe'.
    You students may understand 'respire', but they will sound very unnatural if they use it. As Rover pointed out, it is not commonly used.

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