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Language tip of the week: discuss

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the verb discuss:



The verb discuss should not be followed by the preposition about. It is simply followed by a direct object:
✗ I would like to discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of students using credit cards.
✓ I would like to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of students using credit cards.
✗ Jury members are not allowed to discuss about the trial.
✓ Jury members are not allowed to discuss the trial.
Instead of discuss something, you can also say:
▪  have a discussion about something
▪  talk about something
We had a discussion about the new plan.
We talked about the new plan.

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