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25 / 02 / 2004

DISCUSS VERSUS ARGUE: meaning and examples

Good morning,

Another very common error amongst English students is the confusion between the two verbs discuss and argue.

Argue means: to dispute, quarrel; to speak in an angry way because of disagreement.

Discuss means: to talk about something in detail.

Example 1
When I was a teenager, I constantly argued with my parents; we could never agree about anything.

Example 2
Before we make a final decision, I think it would be best to discuss our options.

Notice that discuss is a false friend and doesn't mean the same as 'discutir' in Spanish. In Example 1 there is disagreement, but not in Example 2.

Enjoy your day.

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