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    #1

    Verb

    I'm rather confused when using these verbs. Which one should I use to mean that I'm complaining about something ?

    1. Grouch
    2. Grouse
    3. Grumble

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    Re: Verb

    "Complain".
    I've never heard of "grouse" as a verb, though I notice it is one, meaning "to complain". It really depends on the context in which you're using "complain". If you're complaining about bad service, or a faulty product, you might not be doing any of those things.

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    Re: Verb

    Did you mean those verbs aren't commonly used in spoken English? So, can I use "grumble" ?

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    Re: Verb

    Sure, you can use 'grumble' if you are actually grumbling, grousing or grouching. This implies that you are expressing some obvious and noticeable negative, petulant emotion. As I've indicated, you can complain without doing this.

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    Re: Verb

    They are more commonly used about someone else as we don't like to think of our complaining as being irritating.

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    Re: Verb

    "Grouse" is used in AmE for complain.

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