“Issued” or “were issued”?

Disregarding passive voice and vocabulary choice, which of the following sentences is most correct? “Joyful notes were issued from the saxophone.” or “Joyful notes issued from the saxophone.”

My impression is that the latter is not a complete sentence, but I did find an online dictionary entry for “issued” giving the example sentence “Exotic smells issued from a nearby building.”

Thank you!


“Issue” as a transitive verb, normally means “publish” or “make available by some process”. It is used of documents, books, tickets, passports etc., not of musical notes.

The meaning here is the intransitive “issue” meaning “come out”, and is perfectly normal in this sense (except that many people would regard it as a rather formal word).

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