Do we say "out loud" or" loudly "?

Which is more common and more correct?

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Which is more common and more correct?
asked Jul 07 '13 at 08:19 maurice haddad New member

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I would add to what Scarlet wrote, that there is a difference in meaning between out loud and loudly.  The idiomatic phrase out loud means "audibly; not silently" (Some people say their prayers silently and others say theirs out loud) and the adverb loudly means "with a high volume". (I couldn't enjoy my meal at McDonald's because the people at the next table were talking loudly)  Also, loud can be adverb or adjective but as an adverb it is considered less formal than loudly

link answered Jul 07 '13 at 09:39 Shawn Mooney Expert

ohh....thanks Mr.Shawn,I did not know this.

Scarlet DarwinJul 07 '13 at 09:41

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The difference between loud and loudly is that "loud" is an adjective, while "loudly" is an adverb. Adjectives are used to describe nouns. Adverbs are used to describe, verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. 

1.) The children laughed out loud. - "Loud" is an adjective, but "out" is kind of serving as an adverb (here) to describe "loud", and the phrase "out loud" is describing how the children laughed.  So in this case, "out loud" is kind of an adverbial phrase. 

2.) She spoke quite loudly. - "Loudly" is an adverb. It is describing how she spoke.

(Most words in the English language that end in "ly" are adverbs.)

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jul 07 '13 at 09:33 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

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