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    Singing or crooning

    1.A person is sitting on a park bench and crooning a song.

    2.A person is sitting on a park bench and singing a song.

    I could barely hear the song. What is the correct sentence?

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    Re: Singing or crooning

    "Crooning" means "singing a song" so the "a song" part of sentence 1 is redundant.

    I wouldn't use "and" in either version.

    A person is sitting on a park bench, crooning.
    A person is sitting on a park bench, singing a song.

    I'm not sure what relevance "I could barely hear the song" has.
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    Re: Singing or crooning

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure what relevance "I could barely hear the song" has.

    I'm guessing it's because many dictionaries define 'croon' as "to sing in a soft, low voice", and the OP has misunderstood this to mean 'barely audible'.

    If that's the case, then learners need to understand that here 'soft and low' just refers to a smooth, intimate manner of singing, rather than whispering. Gentle songs require a softer voice, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're inaudible.

    It has also come to refer to a style of singing which allows for the microphones to amplify the singer's voice without distortion.

    Edit: Here you can hear Tonny Bennett and Nora Jones crooning.
    Last edited by Skrej; 06-Aug-2016 at 04:51.
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