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An example use of debates in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… we had debates about if there should be …”
the word debates occurs in english on average 6.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.