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English Collocation: “Sparked Heated Debates”

When controversial issues of any nature are discussed in various public places such as:

  • Work meetings;
  • Parliaments;
  • Classrooms;
  • Websites;
  • and many more,

there’s always the chance that those debates are going to get quite emotional!

Now, do you know how native English speakers refer to events when comments made by one of the people result in fierce arguments?

The say that those comments SPARK HEATED DEBATES!

This three-word combination is the so-called English collocation; it’s not a strong idiom (in an idiom, you can’t replace some words with others!) because it’s not very strict and you can say the same thing in a number of different ways:

  • It resulted in heated debates;
  • It caused heated debates;
  • It resulted in emotional debates;
  • and so on and so forth!

As you can imagine, the number of different phrases I could brainstorm here is quite big, and by the way – it’s the beauty of the English language that you can paraphrase virtually anything you want to say!

You don’t HAVE to use the same exact words if you CAN’T REMEMBER them.

If you DO memorize this exact phrase – sparked heated debates – there’s no reason why you couldn’t use it in your own English conversations, and that’s the point I’m trying to make here, my dear foreign English speaking friends!

And now a few things that would definitely spark heated debates amongst the most liberal of people:

What about you?

Do you know any shocking news that would spark heated debates here on EasyIdioms.com?

Share them with your fellow foreigners in the comments section below!

Thanks for dropping by,

Robby 😉

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  • It’s a good example, thanks Zakoiakapa!

  • zakoiakapa

    what’s spark heated debates in my country is football chauvinism hhhh.thx robby