10/4/18 Difference between ‘Discuss’ and ‘Argue’

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These two verbs are often confused by non-native English speakers. Let’s look at the differences.

Both of the verbs involve the idea of having an intense conversation. So, what’s the difference?

  • According to the Oxford-University-Press-Dictionary:

ARGUE (verb)

1

[v] ~ (with sb) (about / over sth) to speak angrily to sb because you disagree with them.

So, to argue means that there is an element of anger or disagreement involved the conversation.

Example:

My brothers are always arguing. We’re always arguing with each other about money.

DISCUSS (verb)

1 ~ sth (with sb) to talk about sth with sb, especially in order to decide sth: [vn]

Example:

Have you discussed the problem with anyone? I’m not prepared to discuss this on the phone.

And, to discuss means that your conversation is friendly and often involves making a decision or learning more about a topic.

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