When to use the verb "discuss" vs when to use the abstract noun "discussion"?

Our discussion last night was positive.
What we discussed last night was positive.

I'm more interested when to use abstract nouns vs its verb form. I hope I'm explaining this right.


The difference between your two examples is entirely related to what you're focusing on. In the first case, you are saying the whole discussion itself was positive. In other words, the experience of discussing was positive. In the second case, you're saying the topic(s) of the discussion were positive. Slight difference in meaning, but both are grammatically and idiomatically correct.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.