This is frequently an area of confusion for my students who don’t know whether to use the word ‘discuss’ or the phrase ‘talk about.’ Discuss and talk about mean the same thing and are often used interchangeably. The difference is the word ‘discuss’ is typically used in formal and business situations or in serious matters. Another thing I hear my students say is, “discuss about,” which is incorrect and never used together in English. Because ‘discuss’ means ‘talk about,’ saying “discuss about” is like saying “talk about about.”

 

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