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    The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The distracted driver made a wrong turn and almost hit another car. Both drivers jumped out of their cars and started quarrelling about whose fault it was.

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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    It's natural enough. But I would prefer:

    Both drivers jumped out of their cars and argued about whose fault it was.

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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    Like Tarheel, I would use "argue" in preference to "quarrel" but I have no problem with "started arguing" in the original. I think it's important for you to know, Bassim, that we do not use the word "quarrel" as often as you seem to think we do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    I tend to think of a "quarrel" as a fight between lovers or family members.
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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    emsr2d2,
    Excuse me for asking again. I am only wondering if "argue" and "quarrel" have the same seriousness of argument. I do not know if my question is clear, but I am wondering if one word bears more grave consequences than another, or are they synonyms you can use interchangeably?

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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    Quarrel is rarely used at all in American English.
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    Re: The distracted driver made a wrong turn

    My initial reaction is that "quarrel", "argue" and "row" mean the same thing. If forced, I would say that a quarrel is marginally less serious than an argument or a row.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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