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    I had words

    I spoke to Ram and I explained the matter to him.

    I had words with Ram and I explained the matter to him.

    Are both the sentences correct and do they convey the same meaning?

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    Re: I had words

    They are both correct, but the meanings are different. "I spoke to Ram" denotes a normal conversation. "I had words with Ram" suggests an argument.

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    Re: I had words

    Hello, Anil Giria.

    I don't think they convey the same meaning.

    'To have words with somebody' means 'to have an argument with somebody'.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../word_1?q=word

    'I had a word with ...' would mean the same as the original.

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    Re: I had words

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "I had words with Ram" suggests an argument.
    I think it would not suggest so if 'a few' was added before 'words', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I had words

    The word "few" would decrease the possibility of an argument.

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