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    difference between similar two words

    Dear teachers.
    Could somebody tell me the difference between "argument" and "dispute"?
    Which word is used more often in dialogues?
    Thank you.

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    Re: difference between similar two words

    To me, an argument suggests a one-on-one, personal, real-time discussion. I have an arguement with my spouse over something that we are discussing right now. I will argue that with anyone.

    Dispute is something more outstanding, permantent. Canada and Iceland have a dispute over who owns that island, in the Atlantic, that no one lives on.

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    Re: difference between similar two words

    I also would think "argument" implies an emotional confrontation, with raised voices. A "dispute" does not. I can dispute a charge on my credit card bill. I would get into an argument at the bar over who has the best football team.

    (This is my impression of everyday use of the words. There are other cases, of course. Lawyers make "arguments" in court, but they are not screaming at each other.)

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    Re: difference between similar two words

    (This is my impression of everyday use of the words. There are other cases, of course. Lawyers make "arguments" in court, but they are not screaming at each other.)[/QUOTE]


    Hi,

    That is because the "arguments" made by lawyers have to do with "reason" rather than "quarrel":

    argument - WordReference.com Dictionary of English (entry number 2)

    Hope it helps.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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