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    #1

    John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    Which one is common? I would choose the first and the third one.

    1. John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.
    2.
    John and Honey have had a big quarrel and aren't speaking to each other.
    3.
    John and Honey have had a big argument and aren't speaking to each other.
    4.
    John and Honey have had a big dispute and aren't speaking to each other.

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    #2

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Which one is common? I would choose the first and the third one.

    1. John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.
    2.
    John and Honey have had a big quarrel and aren't speaking to each other.
    3.
    John and Honey have had a big argument and aren't speaking to each other.
    4.
    John and Honey have had a big dispute and aren't speaking to each other.
    1, 2 and 3 are OK in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    Don't you say "a big dispute"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    I don't have a problem with "dispute."

    "Quarrel" seems a little odd to me with "big." But that could be because "quarrel" makes me think of "quibble." Quarrel isn't real common in AmE.

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    #5

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    1, 2 and 3 are OK for me too. However, I would use "a big row" and I might expect to hear "fight" in AmE. For me, "a dispute" is something that happens between companies, organisation, countries etc. An argument or row between two people might be referred to in court as a dispute. Two neighbours might have a dispute over the boundary lines of their property.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    I think big quarrel is OK, but I tend to use the word for smaller arguments, so I'd use 1 and 3. If they're getting divorced, they could have a big dispute about some aspect of it, but it's not the same as the others to me.

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    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    In AmE, I think "fight" and "argument" would be the most common.

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    #8

    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    I thought that big row was very natural in BrE and was surprised when bhai and ems did not acknowledge it. Has it fallen out of Use in BrE since my time forty years ago?

    Row is rarely if ever heard in AmE.
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    Re: John and Honey have had a big row and aren't speaking to each other.

    They did both say 1 was OK. It wasn't discussed, probably because there's nothing much to say- it is still widely used in BrE and goes well with big.

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