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    Asking about animal sounds

    Hello,

    another completely useless question (still, some people have the nerve to ask): what do we say asking about animal sounds?

    A: ?? What does a cow go? (Google has offered two results only)
    B: A cow goes moo.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Asking about animal sounds

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/g...e-animals.html

    And the noise made by a moderator when people keep asking the same question is
    "grrrrrrr".
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    Re: Asking about animal sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/g...e-animals.html

    And the noise made by a moderator when people keep asking the same question is
    "grrrrrrr".
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    Not getting the point, are you.

    I HAD checked the thread under discussion but somehow didn't find the What do your animals say? question appropriate. Or is that the sort of thing you would ask your child?

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    Re: Asking about animal sounds

    Are you asking how to phrase questions about animal noises? Usually you would ask "What sound does a cow make?" If you're a parent/teacher coaching a child, you might ask "What does the cow say?"

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    #5

    Re: Asking about animal sounds

    That's exactly what I was looking for, thank you.
    (Thanks for "phrase a question" too)

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    Re: Asking about animal sounds

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    Not getting the point, are you.

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    No - possibly because of the way it was phrased.

    Q: What sound/noise does an X make?
    A: An X goes Y.*

    But if you're if you're specifically asking how a particular language represents an animal noise, then you may need to use the word 'onomatopoeia'. 'In English, dogs go woof but in French they go ouah - same noise, but different onomatopoeia'.

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    *This use of the word 'go' is at the root of an old joke about a farm-yard sale with chickens going cheap. [Going cheep, geddit?]

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    Re: Asking about animal sounds

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    No - possibly because of the way it was phrased.
    By mad. I'm sorry. Humbly, terribly, bitterly sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But if you're if you're specifically asking how a particular language represents an animal noise, then you may need to use the word 'onomatopoeia'.
    No, I'm not.
    Onomatopoeia? This has been part of my production vocabulary for more than ten years

    If there's a thing I may need, it's a bit of effort given to question phrasing.

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