Suppose that I could not hear a voice from a speaker. In this case, what is the proper adjective to a noun "sound"? Can I just use "small" (and "big" in the opposite case as well)?

Also, if it is fine, can I use it both in a predicative or attributive use?

  • "I could not hear a voice from a speaker" Could you hear anything at all, and if so what? If it was a voice but too quiet to understand what was being said, then "unintelligible".
    – user3169
    Oct 29, 2017 at 0:01
  • I meant a situation where a person can’t recognize what the speaker are saying due to the lack of the volume.
    – Blaszard
    Oct 29, 2017 at 0:03

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Small/Big are adjectives used to describe material things. Silent/Loud would be the proper adjectives to address the noun sound as far as I know. If you want to diversify you could use; low, quiet, hushed, soft, muffled, muted instead of Low. And; vociferous, vehement, instead of loud.

  • Isn’t “low” used to mean the height of the voice pitch as well? So I wonder if it makes a confusion...
    – Blaszard
    Oct 28, 2017 at 23:54
  • @Blaszard Omg. You're right! It totally makes a confusion. Sorry I'll fix it right away. Oct 28, 2017 at 23:57
  • @Blaszard Oh no. Wait. What do you mean by "speaker"? A person or the electronic gadget? 'Cause I'd never heard anyone addressing the volume of speakers with any adjectives besides Low or Loud. Oct 29, 2017 at 0:05
  • Is there any difference? I meant the person but then now I would like to know the both.
    – Blaszard
    Oct 29, 2017 at 0:06
  • Yeah... People won't really confuse "low" with low-pitch when talking about speakers. Using the adjective "low" to describe the voice of a person will usually be about their pitch. I didn't realize it 'till now... I've been using low to describe when I can't hear someone properly and now I see I should probably use adjectives like quiet, silent, muffled. Oct 29, 2017 at 0:19

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