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    What does it mean if the manager talks civil to you?

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    What does it mean if the manager talks civil to you?
    If you talk civil to someone, I would assume you talk to them in a civil manner. Normally, if you talk to someone in a civil manner you speak to them in a polite but perhaps somewhat formal way. In certain contexts, it is possible that you speak to them in a slightly less than friendly way, as if forcing yourself to be polite. So, as is often the case, context is important.

    Hope this helps.

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    Smile Re: talk civil

    Thanks again Dragn!
    I know that itīs difficult to explain something without knowing the context but you did it perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pato389 View Post
    What does it mean if the manager talks civil to you?
    Strictly speaking, you can't talk civil to anyone - only civilly!

    Civil and polite are roughly equal in meaning and you would always speak politely to someone.

    Civil is an adjective and so can only qualify a noun, so you can, "keep a civil tongue in your head" if you are forcing yourself to speak politely to someone who's annoyed you and you can be a civil person, but you can't speak or talk civil, only civilly.

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    Smile Re: talk civil

    Thanks Buggles. I agree with you. Thatīs why Iīm asking this question here. I couldnīt undestand it. But now (more or less) i get it.

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    Strictly speaking, you can't talk civil to anyone - only civilly!
    You're quite right. I let it slide just because it's common in colloquial English, as are a few other little gems such as:

    Yeah, I'm from Miss'ippi. Boy, y'all sure do talk funny here in Chicago.

    Jimmy, you talk nice to your sister, do you hear me?

    Percy thinks he can talk mean to us just because he's the boss's son!

    Ooh, baby! I love it when you talk dirty!

    Oops, wrong forum.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    You're quite right. I let it slide just because it's common in colloquial English, as are a few other little gems such as:

    Yeah, I'm from Miss'ippi. Boy, y'all sure do talk funny here in Chicago.

    Jimmy, you talk nice to your sister, do you hear me?

    Percy thinks he can talk mean to us just because he's the boss's son!

    Ooh, baby! I love it when you talk dirty!

    Oops, wrong forum.

    Greg

    I can only agree with that. Lots of things which are grammatically incorrect become acceptable via usage.
    Some of the ones you quote would sound stilted and strange if the "ly" was added.

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