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I saw someone wrote in his report: Smoke was seen issuing from cargo hold No. 3 of the vessel at app. 17:00 hours. (a cargo hold is a separated space under the deck of a vessel)

isn't it more appropriate here to say "releasing" than "issuing"?
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No, "release" is used only as a transitive verb -- it must have a direct object. You could reword the sentence: Cargo hold No.3 was seen releasing smoke....

"Issue" has transitive and intransitive definitions. The following intransitive definition is from Webster's Third New International Dictionary:
issue: to proceed or come forth from a usu. specified source by or as if by flowing out or emanating or emerging from it.


In this context, "release" and "issue" have close definitions, but only "issue" can be used intransitively.
Hello, both of you,
Maybe "leaking from" would be more appropriate? or "oozing"? or "emanating"?
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Pianne, maybe I am incorrect, but don`t you think that smoke can`t be leaking from something, `cause it`s smoke and not fluid...?
I know that, Chaoss, but sometimes the way smoke escapes from something can be compared to fluid.
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Sorry for my beginner`s stupidity in the issue of studying EFL.

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Dear Vincent Ding,

It is normal to say «issue» here. «To issue» is «to come out of».

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Goldmund
Let`s wait for a native! I did it! Sometimes decontextualized expression seems not quite clear to understand. Especially when you are f...ng tired after your work. But reading Pianne your motto, I get it.
Sorry, Chaoss, I hadn't noticed your question before.
"Let's wait for a native, shall we?"
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