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    speak words

    I came across the following in a newspaper article:

    "I don't think people realize how powerful words are. Words are important. Don't speak words that you don't mean," Stroblet McCann, a 17-year-old senior told the audience gathered in the Buchtel auditorium.

    Q: Is the use of "speak" grammatical? As far as I learn, "speak" is an intransitive word in this sense. Is "say" a better choice?

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    Jason
    Last edited by jasonlulu_2000; 04-Feb-2017 at 04:55.

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    Re: speak words

    Is the use of "speak" grammatical?
    "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom: Let it be."

    - Sir Paul McCartney

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    Re: speak words

    "speak" is an intransitive word in this sense.
    No, it's transitive. It even passivizes: "Truer words were never spoken."

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