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    the sound of birds before dawn

    I was searching to find a word/phrase for the sound of birds before the dawn. I found "the dawn chorus". The dictionary says it's British English.

    How common is it? What is the American version?

    Is this correct and natural?

    The dawn chorus roused him from a nightmare he was seeing in his sleep.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    It only takes one rooster to rouse one from slumber.

    I don't know of an American version. (Maybe there is one.)

    Perhaps:

    The dawn chorus interrupted a nightmare he had been having.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    How about: The chorus of dawn awakened him from his nightmare?
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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    I think it's the dawn chorus.

    Let's see what Charlie thinks about it.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Yes, dawn chorus works.

    I stayed overnight at a farm a long time ago. They had a rooster that was an early riser. Its cockadoodledoo woke me from my slumber. Dawn? It wasn't nearly dawn. I promptly got out of bed, dressed, went out to the chicken coop and strangled that rooster.*

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    It's always called the "dawn chorus". Using "chorus of dawn" doesn't work at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's always called the "dawn chorus". Using "chorus of dawn" doesn't work at all.
    Is this good?

    The dawn chorus roused him from a nightmare he was seeing in his sleep.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    No. We don't see nightmares. We have them. Everything after "nightmare" is redundant.
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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. We don't see nightmares. We have them. Everything after "nightmare" is redundant.
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    The dawn chorus roused him from a vivid nightmare. He would never think one day he would be thankful for the mad songs of birds waking him up.

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    Re: the sound of birds before dawn

    "He would never think one day ..." doesn't work, and nor does "the mad songs of birds".

    He could never have imagined that, one day, he would be grateful for the cacophony of birdsong waking him up.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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