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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:46:12 AM

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Why is it correct to say "open for dispute/discussion"? Why is it not "open for a dispute/a discussion"?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:17:18 AM

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This is not an instance of a discussion. It is a state of being 'discussable'.
Discussion is the uncountable concept. To which it is open, not closed.

Open to interpretation
Up for debate


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discussion
noun [ C/U ]
US /dɪˈskʌʃ·ən/

the act of talking about something with other people and telling them your ideas or opinions:
[ U ] The matter is still under discussion (= being considered).
[ C ] The council had discussions on issues such as housing and living conditions.




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debate
noun
UK /dɪˈbeɪt/ US /dɪˈbeɪt/

B2 [ C or U ]
(a) serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part:
Education is the current focus of public debate.
How we proceed from here is a matter for debate.
Over the year we have had several debates about future policy.




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interpretation
noun [ C or U ]
UK /ɪnˌtɜː.prəˈteɪ.ʃən/ US /ɪnˌtɝː.prəˈteɪ.ʃən/
interpretation noun [C or U] (EXPLANATION)

C2
an explanation or opinion of what something means:
The dispute is based on two widely differing interpretations of the law.
The rules are vague and open to interpretation.
It is difficult for many people to accept a literal interpretation of the Bible.
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:39:02 AM
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A subject may be "open to dispute", meaning that there is no general agreement about the subject, and people can (and do) argue about it. Is A or B your political party's best candidate in the election? Some party members prefer A; others prefer B. The choice of candidate is open to dispute.

A subject may be "open to (or for) discussion", meaning that there is general agreement about (some aspects of) the subject, but there are details that need to be talked about and settled. To continue the example above: at a party conference, the chairman says to the party members in attendance, "You have before you a draft document outlining our proposed platform for the upcoming elections. Although I'm sure we agree on the draft's main points, we need to discuss, and come to agreement on, certain details in it, especially points X, Y, and Z. I hereby declare, therefore, that our platform document is open for discussion."

In general, a "discussion" is gentler than a "dispute". A dispute may involve yelling and bad temper, and give rise to anger and resentment; a discussion is usually better mannered, quieter, and more courteous. A dispute between countries may be settled by discussions and treaties, but some such disputes are settled by wars.


thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:11:49 AM

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The uncountable concepts are a bit different from the countable instances

dispute = different opinions, people who have reached a different conclusion

argument = there is a case to be presented for an alternative view
tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:08:54 PM
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Speaking of political platforms, in the US, the various points or items that make up a party's political platform are often spoken of as "planks", after the boards that wooden platforms are made of.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:56:47 AM

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Would it be wrong to say "open for a discussion"?
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