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Elena
What does "Then up spoke..." mean? Thank you.
Jan 19, 2016 10:12 AM
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It means that person suddenly began to speak, or that person added to the conversation for the first time, and no-one was expecting that. The phrasal verb is "to speak up" (this has two definitions; the other meaning is to speak louder). The grammar for this structure ("Then up spoke...") is called "inversion". It's advanced-level English, slightly literary, but perfectly normal for any native speaker to use.
January 19, 2016
Elena
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English, Russian
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