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    diction: declare vs. announce?

    Please take a look at the following two sentences:

    a. The judge declared the accused innocent.
    b. The judge announced that the accused was innocent.

    I know a is correct, but I doubt whether b is also acceptable. What are the nuances of these two verbs? b sound unnatural to me, but I am not sure. I need language experts's opinions. Thank you very much.

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    Re: diction: declare vs. announce?

    Both mean very much the same, ie making something publicly known, but "declared" has more of a solemn connotation to it, which is more appropriate in this legal context. In fact, I think there there is actually a specific legal device called a "solemn declaration".
    I can visualise "announcing" the results of a beauty contest, but not "declaring" them
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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