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    Is a lecture delivered?

    I came across this on the net:
    The lecture, to be delivered Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., will be followed by a reception in the nearby Mumford Room.

    Is the expression to deliver a lecture correct?
    Is the verb deliver used in other similar expressions?
    Thank you

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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    "and deliver us from evil..." - here it means absolve us from evil/sin (the act is called: deliverance)

    'deliver a lecture' is perfectly OK and elegant to say.

    The postman delivers a message/ the mail... (which is then called a delivery)

    Someone delivers a speech in front of an audience...

    Off the top of my head, that's what I can come up with.


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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    I must confess I didn't know this usage of deliver and I never came across it so far. Perhaps it's due to it being formal.
    Are the other expressions you wrote formal/elegant as well?

    I do get its meaning in the sentence The postman delivers a message, anyway.
    I understand now. It has sort of metaphoric meaning, doesn't it?

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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    The verb 'to deliver' is a polisemantic word. It has many denotative meanings, more than those I have enumerated in my post.


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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    I think I need to look it up in the dictionary and revise those meanings I don't know.
    Thank you for your help, bianca.

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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    Not only can a lecture be "delivered," but so can a lesson. Although, I would say that "delivering a lesson" is what has been referred to here as formal. "Deliver a lecture" seems like very common usage to me.


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    #7

    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    We talk about someone's 'delivery' when referring to the way they speak in public.


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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    Thank you everybody...
    I would have said hold a lecture/lesson. Is it correct as well?
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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    I'd give a lecture, but a lecture could be held in a certain room.


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    Re: Is a lecture delivered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd give a lecture, but a lecture could be held in a certain room.
    So somebody gives a lecture but a lecture is held by someone; is it correct?

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