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    Exclamation speak vs talk

    Hello there.

    Is there any difference?

    Can I speak to Mary?
    Can I talk to Mary?


    Please help me!

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    Re: speak vs talk

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Is there any difference?

    Can I speak to Mary?
    Can I talk to Mary?


    Please help me!
    No, there is no difference in meaning.


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    Re: speak vs talk

    The meaning is the same, but speak is more formal than talk.

    Can I talk to Mary?
    May I speak with the manager?

    By the way, you can use either to or with after speak and talk.

    Speak -- not talk -- is also used to identify languages a person knows:
    She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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