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    "at the slightest instigation"

    Hello everyone

    I came across a sentence went like this: "He had a boyish voice that could switch from serious to playful at the slightest instigation."
    I want to know what "at the slightest instigation" means.
    I know what "at the instigation of somebody" means, but it doesn't seem to fit in this sentence.
    Or it does, and I am just reading this in a wrong way?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by odilonredon; 08-Dec-2014 at 16:14.

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    #2

    Re: "at the slightest instigation"

    Please edit your post using correct English.

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    #3

    Re: "at the slightest instigation"

    A tip to the OP: such abbreviations as 'wanna' and 'sb' are unacceptable on this forum.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: "at the slightest instigation"

    Thanks for the correction.
    I edited my post and I hope there's no more mistakes in it.

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    Re: "at the slightest instigation"

    Quote Originally Posted by odilonredon View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I came across a sentence which went like this: "He had a boyish voice that could switch from serious to playful at the slightest instigation."
    I want to know what "at the slightest instigation" means.
    I know what "at the instigation of somebody" means, but it doesn't seem to fit in this sentence.
    Or it does it, and I am just reading this in a the wrong way?

    Thanks.
    It works for me. Did you look up the definition(s) of "instigation".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "at the slightest instigation"

    The changes in the way he spoke could be triggered by very small things.

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