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"Quarrel" is a noun which is often translated as "la pelea", and "argue" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "discutir". Learn more about the difference between "quarrel" and "argue" below.
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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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to quarrel)
a. discutir
My parents are always arguing about money.Mis padres siempre están discutiendo por el dinero.
b. pelearse
Couples who argue in public are the worst.Las parejas que se pelean en público son lo peor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to allege)
a. argumentar
The defendant argued that he was not present at the scene of the crime.El acusado argumentó que no estaba presente en el lugar del crimen.
b. sostener
My husband argues that it's better to clean our own house than hire a maid.Mi marido sostiene que es mejor limpiar nuestra propia casa que contratar a una criada.
c. alegar
The governor argued that he hadn't traded political favors for money.El gobernador alegó que no había cambiado favores políticos por dinero.
3. (to discuss)
a. discutir
We've argued this point to death. Can't we move on?Hemos discutido este punto hasta más no poder. ¿No podemos hablar de otra cosa?
4. (to present)
a. presentar
The attorney will argue the case in front of the judge tomorrow.El abogado presentará el caso ante el juez mañana.
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