I can't come up or think of a noun and verb that would describe a situation, where 2 or more people made different statements about some situation and both are not sure if their statement is correct, but they presume that it is.


Two friends made 2 different statements about the opening time of a store. One stated that it opens at 9, another - at 8.


They did not:

  • have a quarrel
  • make physical/monetary bets

They just each claimed that their memory about the store's opening hours is correct.


Verb: "Me and John _______ whether the store opens at 9 or 8 and he won."

Noun: "Our ______ with John about the store's opening time was won by John."


How would you name the situation (noun) that they had and call the action (verb) that they performed?

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    Four comments: 1. Do you have your "noun" and "verb" sentences the wrong way round? 2. I'd prefer "John and I" rather than "Me and John", I think. 3. But if there is no dispute or quarrel, what is there to win? That seems an odd choice of word. 4. Why do disagreed and disagreement or differed and difference not fit?
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:22
  • @AndrewLeach Ah, you beat me by four seconds.
    – as4s4hetic
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:22
  • One issue is that you don't win a disagreement or difference, which is why I hesitate to offer it as a concrete answer.
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:24
  • @AndrewLeach about second point of yours - I am not a native speaker, so I tend to make minor mistakes. Thanks for pointing out, good to know that! Besides, "differ" is a good one as well.
    – Eduard
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:34
  • The first example (actually Verb but labeled Noun) can use surmised, 2nd one could be assumption. In both cases they indicate presumption of correctness without definite proof.
    – Alok
    Aug 12 '17 at 12:27

I would use the noun disagreement or the verb (to) disagree.

  • Great! I think that's the word I was looking for. I'll wait for other candidate suggestions and if none will fit better - will accept your answer. Thank you, @as4s4hetic !
    – Eduard
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:24
  • @Eduard no worries :)
    – as4s4hetic
    Aug 12 '17 at 11:25

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