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    #1

    the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    Hello,

    Which one is correct?

    The house echoed with the sound of children's smiles.

    The house echoed with the sound of children's laughter.


    Is there another option?

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    #2

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    There are lots of options. But answer these:

    - Can you see smiles?
    - Can you hear smiles?
    - Can you see laughter?
    - Can you hear laughter?

    So which word works?
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    #3

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    There are lots of options. But answer these:

    - Can you see smiles?
    - Can you hear smiles?
    - Can you see laughter?
    - Can you hear laughter?

    So which word works?
    Honestly, I knew laughter is the right word. I just wanted to make sure.

    What other options do I have? How can I make it better?

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    #4

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    The house echoed with the sound of children's laughter.

    That's fine as is. Not only that, it paints a pretty good word picture.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 08-Apr-2020 at 19:15. Reason: Fix a typo.
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    #5

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The house echoed with the sound of children's laughter.

    That's fine as is. Not only that, it paints a pretty good word picture.

    Thanks. But I always want to learn more! I'm very voracious when it comes to learning!

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    #6

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    The house echoed with the sound of children's laughter. The laughter of children is the most beautiful sound there is. It's the most delightful sound.

    The second line is one I previously posted on Facebook.
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    #7

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
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    What other options do I have? How can I make it better?
    You could try other verbs. Echoed implies that the house has no furnishing, it's empty, bare. If it has furniture and rugs and drapery, the laughter won't echo. For instance, maybe the house rang with laughter.
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    #8

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    I prefer a two-syllable word there ("echoed"), but it's a minor thing, and I could change my mind.

    (I wonder how much difference furniture makes as to sound. (We could do an experiment. Does anybody want to try?))
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    #9

    Re: the house echoed with the sound of their smiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I prefer a two-syllable word there ("echoed"), but it's a minor thing, and I could change my mind.

    (I wonder how much difference furniture makes as to sound. (We could do an experiment. Does anybody want to try?))
    I've already been in plenty of empty houses. They all echo.

    We all told Al it was fine. But then he said, "Thanks. But I always want to learn more!"

    So I gave him more.
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