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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    They had a fierce debate as to whether their company should restore the trade relationship which was broken years ago.

    We can't replace debate with disagreement because we can say fierce debate but we can't say fierce disagreement. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

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    While fierce might seem to go with debate better than with disagreement, "fierce disagreement" is used.



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    Thank you for your examples.
    I wanted to make things easy for you but it seems it didn't work.
    That is a multiple choice. The sentence is as follows:

    They had a fierce________ as to whether their company should restore the trade relationship which was broken years ago.

    a. debate b. disagreement

    The correct answer is 'a'. That's why I thought fierce is the reason that we could choose 'b'. According to what you cited now I am sure both are correct. Right?

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    While fierce might seem to go with debate better than with disagreement, "fierce disagreement" is used.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang

    They had a fierce________ as to whether their company should restore the trade relationship which was broken years ago.

    a. debate b. disagreement

    The correct answer is 'a'. That's why I thought fierce is the reason that we could choose 'b'. According to what you cited now I am sure both are correct. Right?
    Both are correct, but, a) is the better choice. Why? Can you figure it out? :D

    Hint: One implies the other.

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    Wouldn't it depend on how they handled it?

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    I would choose a, but I wouldn't say b is wrong. (I agree that a is the better choice.)


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    I agree, but if they were screaming and shouting...

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    Because people debate because they disagree with each other. Am I right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang

    They had a fierce________ as to whether their company should restore the trade relationship which was broken years ago.

    a. debate b. disagreement

    The correct answer is 'a'. That's why I thought fierce is the reason that we could choose 'b'. According to what you cited now I am sure both are correct. Right?
    Both are correct, but, a) is the better choice. Why? Can you figure it out? :D

    Hint: One implies the other.

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    :?
    I have thought hard but I don't understand what you meant. If they were screaming and shouting what then?


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I agree, but if they were screaming and shouting...

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    If you're screaming, it isn't much of a debate, but it is a disagreement.

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