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I want to know the difference between "Don't fight me." and "Don't fight with me.".

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The sentence "Don't fight me" suggests a physical fight and the sentence Don't fight with me suggests a non-physical fight such as an argument, I would usually say Don't argue with me to make it more explicit although Don't fight with me is also a valid phrase.

  • I am not sure. But This answer is equal with the one that I found on another website. Thank you. – JS.Kim. Mar 6 '17 at 11:50
  • Why do you think one implies a physical fight and one does not? To this US English speaker, there's no such implication. – stangdon Mar 6 '17 at 18:36
  • It does of course depend on the context, Lucian Sava's answer is also valid if the context is right. However to me the words don't fight me suggests a physical fight because it is not that often that a non physical fight is called a fight, it is usually called an argument(in the UK anyway). The addition of the word "with" to me suggests a non physical fight because it is rare that someone says don't fight with me if it is physical. – T0m Mar 7 '17 at 21:19
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The two sentences may have the same meaning if with is understood as against or opposed meanings if with is understood as alongside.

Consequently, whether they have the same meaning or not it's entirely dependent on a larger context.

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