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    What would be the difference between these two phrases?

    "I have not seen Joe in a while. So when I met him in a bar I got to talking to him and we ended up drinking and talking all night at my place."

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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference between these two phrases?

    "I have not seen Joe in a while. So when I met him in a bar I got to talking to him and we ended up drinking and talking all night at my place."
    I would very much like to know your advice on the question in the previous post.

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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference between these two phrases?

    "I have not seen Joe in a while. So when I met him in a bar I got to talking to him and we ended up drinking and talking all night at my place."
    They mean the same thing. They both mean "started talking to/with him".

    "Got to talking to him" sounds to me more like something someone from the South of the US would say.* This is colloquial.


    *my idea of how they talk is formed solely by watching movies

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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    Got to talking sounds strange to me- in BrE, I would expect got talking.

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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    They mean the same thing. They both mean "started talking to/with him".

    "Got to talking to him" sounds to me more like something someone from the South of the US would say.* This is colloquial. It's frequently heard in other parts of the US as well.


    *my idea of how they talk is formed solely by watching movies
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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Henry
    Can it be used with other verbs like "got to writing a letter or got to watching a movie"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can it be used with other verbs like "got to writing a letter or got to watching a movie"?
    Yes.

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    Default Re: got talking /got to talking

    I like answering in your posts 'cause you give us "likes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I like answering in your posts 'cause you give us "likes".
    Why do you think I keep answering?

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    Thanks for that 'like', Ostap. You sure know how to keep me coming back.

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