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    Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    Hi teachers,

    Is there any difference between these two phrases?

    Thanks in advance

    Jupiter

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    Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

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    Hi teachers,
    Is there any difference between these two phrases?
    Thanks in advance
    Jupiter
    No - exactly the same

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    Talking Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    both have the same meaning. but the second one is better used at the end of your conversation.


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    Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    Recently I have been asked the same question. Tried to look for the answer, an English linguist and grammarian George Yule says there's " [...] little difference in meaning. Others adjectives used like this include: easy, exciting, great, hard, impossible, interesting." (p.144; Yule, Oxford Practice Grammar, OUP 2006)

    I've also been thinking of it as Yule tells of a 'little' difference. So I have come to conclusion that there must be some kind of explanation. I think the first one may refer to a singular situation, a specific situation; while the other to repeated ones.
    I agree with Matilda the second one is better at the end of conversation.

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    Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    I agree completely. "Nice to talk to you" more often means "It will be nice to talk to you, now that we've finally met", and is said at the beginning of the conversation, whereas "nice talking to you" means "Our conversation has been very good", and is said at the end.
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    Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jupiter View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Is there any difference between these two phrases?

    Thanks in advance

    Jupiter
    Both are fine conversational English. However, with is more polite and more accurate than to.

    [I edit copy and have tutored university writing.]


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    Re: Nice to talk to you. vs. Nice talking to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    I agree completely. "Nice to talk to you" more often means "It will be nice to talk to you, now that we've finally met", and is said at the beginning of the conversation, whereas "nice talking to you" means "Our conversation has been very good", and is said at the end.

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