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"Brawl" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "pelearse", and "quarrel" is a noun which is often translated as "la pelea". Learn more about the difference between "brawl" and "quarrel" below.
brawl
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to fight)
a. pelearse
By the time we found Horace, he was brawling in the street with a bunch of hoodlums.Cuando encontramos a Horace, se estaba peleando con un montón de matones en la calle.
b. pelear
Beto and his brother were brawling and howling at each other when their parents got home.Beto y su hermano estaban peleando y gritándose uno a otro cuando sus padres regresaron a casa.
c. armar camorra
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Not having anything better to do, they spend their days drinking and brawling.Como no tienen nada mejor que hacer, se pasan el día bebiendo y armando camorra.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (fight)
a. la pelea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The patient came into the hospital with a dislocated shoulder that he got during a brawl.El paciente ingresó en el hospital con un hombro dislocado a consecuencia de una pelea.
b. la reyerta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It seems the brawl started for some very stupid reason, but it ended up with several people getting wounded.Al parecer la reyerta empezó por una tontería de nada, pero acabó con varios heridos.
c. la trifulca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Once the brawl had calmed down, everyone went back into their houses.Una vez que pasó la trifulca, todo el mundo volvió a meterse en su casa.
d. la refriega
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A brawl broke out in front of the bar around midnight.Hubo una refriega delante del bar a eso de la media noche.
e. la camorra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
They're always looking for a chance to start a brawl, so it's no wonder they ended up in jail.Siempre están buscando camorra, así que no es de extrañar que acabaran en la cárcel.
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quarrel
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (argument)
a. la pelea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Thomas picked a quarrel with his girlfriend and moved out.Thomas tuvo una pelea con su novia y se mudó.
b. la riña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Carol and her sister got into a quarrel over who was going to do the dishes.Carol y su hermana tuvieron una riña sobre quién iba a lavar los platos.
c. el pleito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I never understood why she picked a quarrel with me.Nunca entendí porque ella buscó pleito conmigo.
2. (disagreement)
a. la discrepancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Personally, I have no quarrel with her. It's her methods that I don't approve of.Personalmente, no tengo ninguna discrepancia con ella. Lo que no apruebo son sus métodos.
b. el desacuerdo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have a quarrel with my nutritionist. What she calls living well, I call subsisting.Tengo un desacuerdo con mi nutricionista. A lo que ella llama vivir bien, yo lo llamo subsistir.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Do you have some quarrel with me? Let me be!¿Tienes algo en de contra mí? ¡Déjame in paz!
I have no quarrel with you. Let me pass and I won't harm you.No tengo nada en contra de tí. Déjame pasar y no te haré daño.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to altercate)
a. pelearse
They hooked up their television and then quarelled over what to watch.Conectaron el televisor y luego se pelearon sobre lo que iban a ver.
b. discutir
The politicians quarreled over subsidies for the petroleum industry.Los políticos discutieron sobre los subsidios a la industria petrolera.
c. reñir
They quarreled with me at home today because I support the liberal party.Hoy me riñeron en casa por estar a favor del partido liberal.
4. (to disagree; used with "with")
a. discrepar
I quarrel with the notion that there are no cities where a bicycle is an adequate means of transportation.Discrepo de la idea de que no haya ciudades donde la bicicleta sea un medio de transporte adecuado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to dispute about; used with "over" or "about")
a. discutir sobre
The siblings quarreled over Lupe's decision of selling the house without consulting with them.Los hermanos discutieron sobre la decisión de Lupe de vender la casa sin consultarles.
b. reñir por
Those kids are always quarreling about something.Esos niños siempre están riñendo por algo.
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