Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?
Is this sentence correct:
"This devices improves AUDITION."
Note: In this context, is 'audition' a synonym of 'sense of hearing'?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
"This device improves hearing." Note: 'device' singular.
The word 'audition' means an 'interview' in a theatre, in which an actor speaks some of a character's lines from a play in the hope of being given that part to act when the play is performed.
You will understand that your sentence with 'audition' looks comical!
There is an adjective, 'auditory', which refers to matters connected with hearing.
The place in a theatre where the audience sits is called the 'auditorium'.
- D50Lv 61 month ago
"Audition" is not often used by non-specialists to mean the sense of hearing. Many people, reading the sentence "This device improves audition" would think it had something to do with getting a job in the theater or as a musician.
- bluebellbkkLv 71 month ago
Singular: This device improves audibility. Plural: These devices improve audibility.
We don't use "audition" this way.
- 1 month ago
I think Clarity is the word most appropriate.
' this device improves CLARITY'
Audibility as suggested below is technically correct but English is a poetic language and sometimes a synonym isn't immediately obvious.
My opinion only, nothing is more variable than the English - both the language and the people.
Rule Britannia, by the way.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
I don’t know if technically it’s a synonym...you can look it up...but even if it is, a native speaker from the U.S. probably wouldn’t use it. You’d be better off just using the word “hearing”. It’s generally considered better grammar to keep it simple. According to Strunk and White who said “never use a complicated word when a simple one will suffice”...or something like that.
If you want to see somebody who was a master of using short sentences and simple words but still was a master of his craft, just read the writings of somebody like Ernest Hemingway. No need to gild the lily....
- BenLv 51 month ago
Technically it is correct, but the use of "audition" in that sense is pretty outdated, and most would assume you mean it in the sense of a test performance.
As others have said, "audibility", or just "hearing", would be better.
- Anonymous1 month ago
"Audibility" is the word you want.
- VivianLv 51 month ago
"This devices improves AUDITION" can be corrected as either "This device improves audibility" or "These devices improve audibility" (for audibility as the sense of hearing).
In that context, "audibility" does mean "capability of being heard".
- GladysLv 51 month ago
This device improves hearing - audition is another word