Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Bassim is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bosnian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,948

    High-flown speeches

    I have tried to use "high-flown speeches" in my sentence, but I am not sure if it is grammatically correct. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Many politicians make high-flown speeches, which if properly analysed, would show no substance and the lack of concrete information and details.

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,365

    Re: High-flown speeches

    I'm familiar with someone being described as a "high flyer" and the adjective "high flying" but "high-flown" means nothing to me, in any context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. #3
    Bassim is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bosnian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,948

    Re: High-flown speeches

    According to Longman dictionary: high-flown adj. high-flown language sounds impressive but does not have much real meaning.

    I found this text in Clive James' article about the Austrian journalist Karl Kraus.
    "Kraus, in the end, might not really have run out of things to say, but he did run out of hope that they might be relevant. His business had been to criticise high-flown speech that concealed base motives."

  4. #4
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,365

    Re: High-flown speeches

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post

    Many politicians make high-flown speeches (no comma here) which, if properly analysed, would show no substance and the a [complete] lack of concrete information and details ​detail.
    Given the content of post #3, I have made changes above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •