As when I was doing an exercise about English reading, the word address is in my way. I can't think about its other meanings rather than as a noun (mean where you live) and a verb (usually used in giving a speech). Here is a picture with the word address in the third statement. Can anyone tell me the meaning?enter image description here

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  • As used in C it's your "a verb (usually used in giving a speech)". Honestly that seems straightforward and easy, so I'm not sure why you didn't see that. – AmE speaker Aug 19 '17 at 3:24
  • I know the word address has a meaning of giving a speech, or we can make a sentence that "He will address a speech", in which the word "address" can be replaced by "give ". But can it be replaced by "give " in statement c? If can't, what is the exact meaning here? – Joy Jo Aug 19 '17 at 3:38
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    "He will address a speech" for "give a speech" is not normal usage. "Address" means "speak to". However, oddly enough you can say something like "He addressed his remarks to the young people in the audience". – Kate Bunting Aug 19 '17 at 8:15

The meaning of “to address” in your example, “being able to address large groups of people,” is “to speak to,” or “to give a talk or a speech to.”

You could have had your answer much sooner simply by looking up, “to address,” in any number of online dictionaries. It is not necessary to come to a grammar website such as this one to ask the definition of a word.

Google Online Dictionary

ad•dress əˈdres,ˈaˌdres/

verb 2. speak to (a person or an assembly), typically in a formal way. "she addressed an audience of the most important Shawnee chiefs" synonyms: talk to, give a talk to, speak to, make a speech to, give a lecture to, lecture, preach to, give a sermon to…

  • Thank you for your insight. Maybe at first I didn't make myself clearly understood as I think that address can only be followed by a noun that refers to something and moreover I deem that it can't be followed by a noun refering to someone. So that is why "address large groups of people" would confuse me. But now I understand that address can be followed both "a speech " and someone. Thank you for your explaination. – Joy Jo Aug 19 '17 at 7:11
  • @JoyJo - One would not normally write "address a speech" (unless followed by the identification of the audience). One does "address an audience". – Hot Licks Aug 19 '17 at 11:54

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