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    What does "An ear for tone" mean?

    Context: In our business class, this is one of principles which is needed for developing a qualified business writing skill.

    I have no idea what exactly does the phrase mean.

    Thanks,

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    Re: What does "An ear for tone" mean?

    Neither have I.

    What is the source of the quotation?

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    Re: What does "An ear for tone" mean?

    I am not a teacher.

    To have an ear for something is to have a (normally natural but also acquired) ability to recognize or reproduce sounds.
    This is usually used when talking about music or language.

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    Re: What does "An ear for tone" mean?

    Being sensitive to the tone of language is important- to pick up on nuances like how strongly someone feels about something, which may not be expressed directly in business writing.

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    Re: What does "An ear for tone" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    I have no idea what exactly does the phrase mean.
    "I have no idea exactly what the phrase means."
    "I have no idea what exactly the phrase means."
    "What exactly does the phrase mean? I have no idea."

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