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Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

I could hear the dim screeching of crows wafting from that old house in the distance.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

"Dim" and "screech" don't really go together. Cows don't screech (unless they're at an abattoir). They moo or low.

Edit: I misread the original and thought it said "cows", not "crows". I'll leave my response here, if for nothing other than amusement value.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Apr-2021 at 20:07.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Crows.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
"Dim" and "screech" don't really go together. Cows don't screech (unless they're at an abattoir). They moo or low.
For a second, I was like, did emsrd2d2 just say crows moo? Something is wrong. But then I realized you have misread the post. You don't make mistakes in English.

I used "dim" because the sound is coming from the distant. Generally, can I use dim for a faint, distant sound?

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Sorry!!!! That'll teach me to try and use the forum on my phone!
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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

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Sorry!!!! That'll teach me to try and use the forum on my phone!
You have nothing to be sorry for. You have contributed so much that these small mistakes are dim in comparison.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Okay what about this?

I could hear the dim squawking of crows wafting from inside that old house in the distance.
I want to convey the sound is dim because of the distance not because of the nature of the sound itself.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Sounds from far away are best described as faint or distant rather than dim.

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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
For a second, I was like, did emsrd2d2 just say crows moo? Something is wrong. But then I realized you have misread the post. You don't make mistakes in English.

I used "dim" because the sound is coming from a distance. Generally, can I use dim for a faint, distant sound?
I wouldn't use "dim" for a sound.
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Re: Is it correct to use "dim" for sound?

Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
Sounds from far away are best described as faint or distant rather than dim.
Is this okay?

I could hear the faint squawking of crows wafting from inside that old house in the distance.

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