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    Default phrasal verbs

    The film ........................(to spark off - to bring about) a lively discussion in the class.

    In this sentence don't you think it could be possible to use both of them with a very small difference in meaning?

    1) If I say "to spark off", it could mean that the discussion arises all of a sudden.
    2) If I say "to bring about", it could mean that the discussion arises little by little and after a while it becomes lively...

    What's your opinion?

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    The film ........................(to spark off - to bring about) a lively discussion in the class.

    In this sentence don't you think it could be possible to use both of them with a very small difference in meaning?

    1) If I say "to spark off", it could mean that the discussion arises all of a sudden.
    2) If I say "to bring about", it could mean that the discussion arises little by little and after a while it becomes lively...

    What's your opinion?
    It depends on what you want it to mean.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    It depends on what you want it to mean.
    Yes, of course, but are the shades of meaning I have pointed out correct?

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    "to spark off" is better, when it comes to discussions, debates. You bring about changes, mostly.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Yes, of course, but are the shades of meaning I have pointed out correct?
    I think your distinctions are accurate/appropriate within the context you described.

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    Default Re: phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    "to spark off" is better, when it comes to discussions, debates. You bring about changes, mostly.
    I think it fits better as well.

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