Verbal Ability - Selecting Words - Discussion

Discussion :: Selecting Words - Section 1 (Q.No.26)

Pick out the most effective word(s) from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningfully complete.


I listened, but I had no idea what he was ...... about.

[A]. saying
[B]. talking
[C]. telling
[D]. discussing

Answer: Option B


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Manu said: (Mar 1, 2012)  
Can any one explain it?

Raturi Don said: (May 16, 2012)  
Talking means =an exchange of ideas via conversation. we used normally talking for human beings.

Ahmed said: (Jun 26, 2012)  
But discussing also mean exchange of idea or view.

How we can conclude that, they are talking not discussing.

Arfa Malik said: (Mar 7, 2013)  
In simple words it is easy to understand an exchange of ideas via conversation is known as talking.

Shreya said: (Aug 9, 2013)  
How saying and telling can be differentiated?

Shams said: (Sep 18, 2013)  
Here 'I' is listening. Means a person listens when someone talks.

Jeeva said: (Oct 20, 2013)  

Even a person can listen if somebody says or tell something.

Nikhil said: (Nov 21, 2013)  
Why not "discussing" ?

Sriranjan G said: (Dec 8, 2013)  

We should not use "About" immediately after "discussing". So, it is not the answer.

Ashok said: (Dec 12, 2013)  

You are right that we should not use about immediately after discussing but why not rest of the words. i.e. saying and telling.

Vijay said: (Mar 12, 2014)  
Discussing means when two or more persons exchanging their ideas or information, but above question he listened but he had no idea what other person was talking about, so talking is the answer for that. We use 'talking' when only one person sharing information.

Devi said: (Jul 3, 2014)  
What is the difference between telling and saying?

Swaraj said: (Feb 20, 2015)  
Guys simple talking always comes when we are not understanding the content. Ex: in our class teacher will always shouts like STOP TALKING but not STOP SAYING (so he/she is not getting what we are talking about). In the question he is not getting what the opponent is saying so TALKING will come.

Mohamed said: (Aug 24, 2015)  
Discuss means both of them involved in talk on things which they Know.

Hence talking is the right answer.

Kalai said: (Sep 20, 2015)  
Where to use discuss? Can anyone please explain?

Yash said: (Sep 21, 2015)  
When do we use the word telling.

Divya said: (Dec 28, 2015)  
How we differentiate between saying and telling?

Mahesh Bijjaragi said: (Jan 14, 2016)  
Tell is used only to instruct or inform, and when the receiver of the information is included as an object of the verb. Do not use for quotes.

Has she told you the good news, yet? Please tell us your name and occupation.

The police officer told him to stop. [NOT The police offer told him, "Stop"].

Can you tell me what happened?

Say is used for exact quotes, and when the receiver isn't mentioned in the sentence:

"Good morning", said the woman behind the counter.

I just stopped by to say hello. I said three words before he interrupted me again.

Tharun said: (Aug 14, 2016)  
Saying and telling is a transfer of information from one person to another person while talking is mutual sharing of info between two persons. Here in the context listened is mentioned, so it involves two persons in the scene. So talking is the right answer.

Lavanya said: (Sep 16, 2016)  
When talking something which is not understalandable, we can say it as talk.

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