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Please explain the difference between those two actions.

My guess is that спорить is in some way more objective, sober and with the true wish to find a solution for a problem while the other is more an emotional quarrel.

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  • This is actually one of many examples of different "semantic fields". For example - "кисть". Means "кисть руки" (a wrist? palm and fingers, basically) as well as "кисть для рисования" (paintbrush). However, I doubt that in English you can use a word "brush" to point any part of a hand. Jan 28 '16 at 22:53
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You're basically right.

Ссориться, however, might also mean "to fall out", to stop being friends. It does not necessarily mean being actively involved in a dispute or a quarrel.

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Спорить = Argue

Спорить doesn't mean to have more sober discussion at all. It can be heated or it can be calm. It means to discuss or debate.

However, ссориться = quarrel, bicker or even brawl, which always has negative connotation.

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Когда люди ссорятся - у них обязательно портятся отношения друг с другом. (Участники ссоры могут при этом спорить, а могут и не спорить).

Relationship between people who quarrel always becomes worse. (They may or may not argue while doing that)

Когда люди спорят - они имеют разные точки зрения относительно предмета спора.

When people argue - they discuss the subject while having different opinions on the subject. (They may or may not remain calm while doing that. When people quarrel they never remain calm.)

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Ссориться also means to separate with your ex, to spoil relations. Мы с ней поссорились means We left each other.

Спорить has a merely debate meaning, not anything else. But спорить на вещь is to have a bet on something.

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Спорить (people debate differing opinions)

"Спорю на 5 баксов, что выйдет по-моему." 5 bucks says it'll happen my way.

Они спорят о мелочах. They're splitting hairs.

О вкусах не спорят. One man's meat is another man's poison.


Ссориться (people fight, feelings get hurt)

"Вы что, поссорились?" Did you guys have a fight?

"Давай больше не будем ссориться?" Let's not fight anymore?

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