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    Hi,

    Which is more appropriate and why?

    I want to speak to you.
    I want to speak with you.
    I want to talk to you.
    I want to talk with you.

    Whats the difference in these statements?

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    Re: Speak and Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which is more appropriate and why?

    I want to speak to you.
    I want to speak with you.
    I want to talk to you.
    I want to talk with you.

    Whats the difference in these statements?

    Thanks
    The verb "talk" has a more informal tone to it, and the verb "speak" has a somewhat more forml tone to it.

    Notice, as well, that "talk" is noun.

    I want to have a talk with you.
    We had a long talk last night.

    Notice, also, how talk is used in expressions.

    Do you think you can talk him down? I want to get it, but that price is too high, I think.

    Isn't there anything we can do to talk you out of this? We don't think it's wise to do this.

    Notice how "talk" can be turned into an adjective.

    She's very talkative.

    Notice what happens to "speak".

    a spokesman or or spokesperson - someone who speaks for an orgnanization, company, or a government

    unspeakable

    outspoken

    The Speaker of the House - US government - not "The Talker of the House".
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    One may "talk in cirlces", but I don't think we say "speak in circles".

    We can speak up, but not "talk up". However, we can "talk 'something' up", as in promote something.

    Some people feel like they're talking to the wall, but not like they're speaking to the wall.

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    Re: Speak and Talk

    Or we can speak in riddles, and talk nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    One may "talk in cirlces", but I don't think we say "speak in circles".

    We can speak up, but not "talk up". However, we can "talk 'something' up", as in promote something.

    Some people feel like they're talking to the wall, but not like they're speaking to the wall.
    Which combination sounds better...
    I remember being advised to use "Talk to" and "Speak with" by my trainers.
    Does it have any logic?

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    Re: Speak and Talk

    Speak with/to is pretty well used equally in Canada, talk to is very common.


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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Which combination sounds better...
    I remember being advised to use "Talk to" and "Speak with" by my trainers.
    Does it have any logic?
    The prepositions "to" and "with" both combine correctly with "speak" and "talk". The preposition "with" emphasizes accomponiment, and the preposition "to" emphasizes direct address. However, for practical purposes, we could say that in most circumstances there's little or no difference between the two when used with "speak" or "talk.

    Though not precisely the same as you have put it, other people have asked me about what your trainers told you, saying that an ESL teacher told them this. I have no worries or concerns about saying that it's absolutey very poor advice which cannot be substantiated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post

    I heard in North America it is more common to say "talk to" while in the UK it is more common to say "talk with", is that correct?
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    I don't know for sure, but I would tend doubt that this is true. It could be, but I don't think so.

    You could do a search on UK Google and then do a search on United States Google and see what results you get.

    "talk to" "talk with" - Do a search for both at UK Google, and then do a search at North America Google or United States Google. Of course, there's Canada Google as welll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I don't know for sure, but I would tend doubt that this is true. It could be, but I don't think so.

    You could do a search on UK Google and then do a search on United States Google and see what results you get.

    "talk to" "talk with" - Do a search for both at UK Google, and then do a search at North America Google or United States Google. Of course, there's Canada Google as welll.
    Do you know what exactly the URL's are?
    I usually use the following URL's:
    google.com.br or Google -> Brazil
    Google or google.de -> Germany
    Google -> ??????? (I think here google redirects according to your locale or according to your original IP)

    I just tried google.com.us and was redirected to Google

    Or do you mean the advanced google search?

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