give off a voice / emit a voice

ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello, everyone:

Car-used burglarproof device capable of emitting human voice
United States Patent 5451926

After the burglarproof effect is set up, if the car is touched or shocked, the burglarproof device will emit a voice of "this car is equipped with alarm system, please don't touch".

Here are my questions:
1. the burglarproof device will emit a voice.
2. the burglarproof device will give off a voice.

Are both "emit" and "give off" correct here? I think "give off" is informal.


Thank you.
 
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    Both sound weird to me.
    The device will be activated. That it will say something in a human voice will have become clear by now, hopefully.
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The whole patent at your link contains some very strange (wrong) English.

    "This car is equipped with alarm system" is a good example. "The voices of the voice system is freely re-settable by the owner of the car." is another.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    1. the burglarproof device will emit a voice.
    2. the burglarproof device will give off a voice.
    I prefer "produce" to "emit", but both are correct. I think "give off" does not fit the situation. The meaning is too different.

    Your short sentence 1 is correct. The sentence you copy it from is incorrect: it is a mistake to use "of" to introduce a direct quote:

    "...if the car is touched or shocked, the burglarproof device will emit a voice of "this car is equipped..."

    Here of should be saying or that says.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    The device doesn't emit or do anything else with a voice. The voice is a human attribute; an electronic device emits a recording, a noise, a simulation or a sound.

    (But by and large, I wouldn't recommend basing good English on your reading of patent records. These documents are always written in a strange specialist language.)
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    The use of the burglarproof device will emit a voice of is correct, but that is because it is written as a patent in legal language - in normal speech, this would be over-formal and not idiomatic.

    Note also that in "The use of the burglarproof device" the device is not "burglarproof" - it is the intention of the device to make the car burglarproof.
     
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