Please, what is the difference between:
Don't talk to her.
Don't talk with her.
Some people, in order to express some minor form of annoyance or mild frustration, will say "I'm talking to the wall" or "Am I talking to the wall?" - or even "I think I'm talking to the wall".
How does this sound?
"I'm talking with the wall."
"Am I talking with the wall?"
"I think I'm talking with the wall?"
They do, sometimes, say that the walls have ears. So be careful about talking to the wall or talking with the wall.
To much talking to the wall will drive you up a wall. If I hadn't talked to the wall so much, I wouldn't have been driven up it.
How about a thank-you for this? I think it's really good.Stop it! Stop it now!
Last edited by PROESL; 19-Aug-2009 at 04:20.
There are many phrases in English that can take two or more forms. If you ask for a difference here, you will certainly get one.
I'm not disputing the answers given. But "talk to" can be used in all cases if your current problem is to choose which form to use.
[QUOTE=bhaisahab;504529]Many thanks for you
but I should choose one of them in a question so there must be a difference.
PleaseYes, and I said that was a valid answer. I'm not criticising those who responded to the "what is the difference?" question by giving the OP a difference - I do it myself. I seems to be the obvious thing to do.
I agree Ray, but the OP insisted that he needed a response to answer a question, that's why I said "...there is, perhaps, a subtle difference..."
I also know that, when a poster asks "Is there a difference between A and B", a replier is often damned if they find a difference, and damned is they don't. But I'm not damning anyone.
I was responding to the follow up question in which the OP was expressing a different problem: "What should I use?", and making an incorrect inference that if two forms exist, there must be a semantic difference between them.
I'm sure you'd agree that many learners do not take as much trouble choosing the words in their question as we sometimes do in reading and interpreting them.