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    Default small chat or short chat

    Which one is correct: to have a small chat/talk or to have a short chat/talk?

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    Default Re: small chat or short chat

    A little chat.

    But I'm American--I'd be interested to see if it changes by region.

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    Default Re: small chat or short chat

    A 'short chat' is possible, as is a 'little chat/talk'. The latter is more informal, in my opinion.

    A 'short talk' is likely to be a short lecture, and 'small talk' is polite conversation about unimportant things.

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    Default Re: small chat or short chat

    A small talk (with you)... This may be AmE only.
    A short chat with you...
    A little word with you...

    Small talk is also a noun: polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, esp. as engaged in on social occasions : propriety required that he face these people and make small talk.

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