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Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

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4 Taking part in discussions

A family discussion in a kitchen
Figure 23 A family discussion

A discussion is simply when people talk about something and tell each other their ideas or opinions. It may also (but not always) have a purpose, such as to make a decision on something.

Discussions vary considerably according to what they’re for and who is taking part. You will be involved in discussions at some time or another, even if it’s only a family discussion about what kind of takeaway to have. This kind of discussion is aimed at a decision being made. Some discussions are more relaxed or leisurely and do not need to reach a decision or conclusion.