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What is the difference between 'discus' and 'discuss'?

What is the difference between 'discus' and 'discuss'?

The words discus and discuss are often confused because they are easy to mistype. We'll explain the difference.

Discuss means to talk about, consider or examine, especially to explore solutions when used as a verb.

Discus means a round plate-like object that is thrown for sport when used as a noun.

A good way to remember the difference is We need to discuSS Something Serious (double S).

Out of the two words, 'discuss' is the most common. It appears about 98 times more frequently than 'discus'.



When words are spelled similarly, it can be easy to mix them up. Discuss and discus are written almost the same but have very different meanings.

Discuss is a verb that means "to talk about."

Discus is a noun that means "a round, flat object used in certain sports for throwing."

Should I use 'throwing the discus ,' or 'throwing the discuss ,'?

The right phrase is 'throwing the discus ,'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct expression ', throwing the discus' or ', throwing the discuss'?

The right phrase is ', throwing the discus'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the right expression 'shot put , discus' or 'shot put , discuss'?

You should use 'shot put , discus'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the right phrase 'shot put and discus' or 'shot put and discuss'?

You should use 'shot put and discus'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

What's the correct phrase 'to throw the discus' or 'to throw the discuss'?

You should use 'to throw the discus'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

What's the correct phrase 'to discuss the matter' or 'to discus the matter'?

The correct expression is 'to discuss the matter'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use ', we will discuss' or ', we will discus'?

The correct expression is ', we will discuss'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct expression 'would like to discuss' or 'would like to discus'?

The correct expression is 'would like to discuss'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the correct expression 'we will discuss the' or 'we will discus the'?

The correct expression is 'we will discuss the'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

What's the correct phrase 'to discuss the question' or 'to discus the question'?

The correct phrase is 'to discuss the question'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Some synonyms of discus are: disk, sport goods, field event, sport equipment, saucer.

Some synonyms of discuss are: examine, talk of, canvass, talk over, confer.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of discusDictionary Definition of discuss

Examples of discus in a sentence

Discus throwing …” He pointed over his shoulder to the statue of Epiphanes.
- The Source by James A. Michener
I spun around like a discus thrower as I stumbled forward, and swung the headboard.
- A Knife Edge by David Rollins
I fling the ashtray, discus-style, into the back fence.
- The Life You've Imagined by Kristina Riggle
A female discus thrower was chosen to play the heroine.
- Steve Jobs by Isaacson, Walter

Examples of discuss in a sentence

Will you promise to discuss this only with the Director, and then only if asked?”
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
We will have to discuss your borrowing my clothes though."
- Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye
They refused, however, even to discuss the sale of elephants.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
Why discuss something that was never going to happen?
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
We have much to discuss.”
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
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