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    jctgf is offline Key Member
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    silence vs hush

    hi there,

    what's the difference between these words?

    can i use both in the very same situation?

    thanks,
    JC

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    Re: silence vs hush

    Not really.

    Silence, by definition, means a complete lack of noise.

    Hush is an onomatopoeic utterance (such as moo, ping etc), a verb, calling for silence:

    "Hush, I can't hear what my friend is saying."

    It has, however, become used as a noun occasionally - not in the sense of absolute silence but as a much lower level of sound:

    "A hush descended upon the audience as the lights faded."

    Hope this helps.

    Dave

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    Re: silence vs hush

    Hi JC,

    Well silence and hush are different. Silence is when you cannot hear anything, but hush is a temporary form of silence...we say it when we want to be quiet for a short time. I don't use hush often but it's used a lot by others. For example, "hush" is like saying "be quiet" or "shh" to someone or a group of people.

    I hope this helps! :)

    Dara

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    Re: silence vs hush

    Silence! can be used as a one-word command, a demand for immediate silence. It would never be considered polite. Hush! would be a somewhat more polite demand. Please be quiet would be an even more polite request.

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    Re: silence vs hush

    hi,

    suppose that i am in a movie theater auditorium and
    there's people making noise.

    what should i say if i wanted to ask them to be quiet?

    thanks,
    JC

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    Re: silence vs hush

    Please be quiet.

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