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    #1

    the usage of quibble

    Example 1:
    Parent: Can you take a shower before you go to bed?
    Kid: I am not dirty.
    Parent: Don't quibble. I know you played soccer this afternoon.

    Example 2:
    Parent: Can you read some books for a hour?
    Kid: Can I just read half an hour? I don't have time to play games.
    Parent: Don't quibble. You already played games for two hours this morning.

    Are the usages of word 'quibble' correct in those sentences above? Please help me correct them if wrong. Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: the usage of quibble

    I don't think either example meets the definition of the word.

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    #3

    Re: the usage of quibble

    I think 'quibble' should involve arguments, which are absent from the OP's examples, but I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: the usage of quibble

    Yes, and minor points or irrelevant points that are being argued. A kid not wanting to get a bath is not quibbling. Not wanting to go to Paris on vacation cause you don't like the whiskey selection of the airport bar is quibbling.

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    #5

    Re: the usage of quibble

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, and minor points or irrelevant points that are being argued. A kid not wanting to get a bath is not quibbling. Not wanting to go to Paris on vacation cause you don't like the whiskey selection of the airport bar is quibbling.
    Thank you. So which word is suitable for my dialogues, "argue"?

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    #6

    Re: the usage of quibble

    I would use 'argue'.

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    Re: the usage of quibble

    I agree with using "argue". You could also use the traditional phrase, "Don't talk back", instead.

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