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    #1

    cry or weep

    when to use cry and when weep? similarily fight or quarrel?

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    #2

    Re: cry or weep

    In American English, weep and quarrel sound archaic and stilted.

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    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In American English, weep and quarrel sound archaic and stilted.
    In BrE "a fight" means a physical battle. "A quarrel" is a verbal argument.

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    #4

    Re: cry or weep

    So in BrE, if you say "I had a fight with my boyfriend last night" it would imply physical violence?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    So in BrE, if you say "I had a fight with my boyfriend last night" it would imply physical violence?
    Yes, to me it would. I would say "row", argument" or "quarrel" to mean a verbal dispute.

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    Re: cry or weep

    Thanks, good to know. If I hear of a British couple that is "always fighting" it will have a different connotation to me now than it did before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, to me it would. I would say "row", argument" or "quarrel" to mean a verbal dispute.
    i thought fight is used for short term arguments and quarrel which never ends up!!!!!
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 16-Dec-2010 at 18:08. Reason: mistake on my part

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    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by golukhanna View Post
    I thought fight is used for short term arguments and quarrel which never ends up!!!!!
    Not in BrE.

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    #9

    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Thanks, good to know. If I hear of a British couple that is "always fighting" it will have a different connotation to me now than it did before.
    Unlike Bhaisahab, I feel that a fight with your wife or boss can be just verbal.I am a native speaker of BrE.

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    Re: cry or weep

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Unlike Bhaisahab, I feel that a fight with your wife or boss can be just verbal.I am a native speaker of BrE.
    I'm very surprised by that!

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