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    Verb "blare"

    I have tried to use "blare" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. A fire engine hurtled down the street, its siren blaring, its lights flashing through the night.
    2. As the truck passed by, the driver blared the horn and I startled.
    3. Heavy metal blared out of the car's open window.

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    Re: Verb "blare"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use "blare" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. A fire engine hurtled down the street, its siren blaring, its lights flashing through the night.
    2. As the truck passed by, the driver blared the horn and I was startled.
    3. Heavy metal blared out of the car's open window.
    I hope that helps!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Verb "blare"

    Noises usually just blare or blare out, ​so sentence 2 is not as natural as the others.
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    Re: Verb "blare"

    GoesStation,

    Would my sentence sound natural if I rephrase it like this?

    As the truck passed by, its horn blared out and startled me.

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    Re: Verb "blare"

    Perhaps:

    As the truck passed by the driver honked the horn, and I was startled by the sound.

    I don't know that I would use "blare" there, but it might be okay.

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    Re: Verb "blare"

    I don't think "blare" is transitive, so 2 is odd to me. Hey, maybe I'm wrong.
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    Re: Verb "blare"

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    I don't think "blare" is transitive, so 2 is odd to me. Hey, maybe I'm wrong.
    I'd say it isn't normally transitive. A writer could use it that way to establish an image, though, and the reader would understand.
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