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Dear Ted:

Is it "to speak OUT on something" or "to speak UP on something"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is it "to speak OUT on something" or "to speak UP on something"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** They mean the same thing.

EXAMPLES:

Jack decided to SPEAK OUT against the proposed plans.

Will you remain silent, or will you SPEAK OUT about the injustices of our world?

No one dares to say anything criticizing the mayor's agenda, but I intend TO SPEAK UP
and challenge him at the next meeting.

Minister:  If anyone here knows any reason why this man and this woman should not become husband and wife, let him SPEAK UP or forever hold his peace.

Ted

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