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Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth?



 
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Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth? #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:49 am   Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #44 "Scandal", question 9

At last Mathew decided to speak ......... for himself and tell the truth.

(a) on
(b) to
(c) up
(d) off

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #44 "Scandal", answer 9

At last Mathew decided to speak up for himself and tell the truth.

Correct answer: (c) up
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Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth? #2 (permalink) Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:49 am   Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth?
 

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No, 'tell the truth' means 'tell the truth'. 'Speak up' means 'speak without fear or hesitation.'
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Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth? #3 (permalink) Sat Aug 03, 2013 16:39 pm   Does verb phrase "speak up" mean tell the truth?
 

Hello Mr. Micawber,

I've looked up the dictionary that I 'd mistaken because I remembered "to speak up" means to speak more loudly.
Yes.
speak up = usually used in orders to tell sb to speak more loudly.

But when I had done the test I didn't notice "for" so I've made a mistake.

"Speak up (for sb/sth)" means to say what you think clearly and freely, especially in order to support or defend sb/sth

Can I use "speak up" without "for" if I would like to say something sincerely/ speak my mind. ?

Many thanks.
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