10/4/18 Difference between ‘Discuss’ and ‘Argue’
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:
So, to argue means that there is an element of anger or disagreement involved the conversation.
My brothers are always arguing. We’re always arguing with each other about money.
1 ~ sth (with sb) to talk about sth with sb, especially in order to decide sth: [vn]
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.