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  1. Newbie
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    Which is correct: "yell at..." or "yell to..."

    I am doing an online English course and I found the following phrase: Charles yelled to the girl. While I was searching for the meaning of yell in a dictionary I found examples with yell at. Now I am confused, are both correct or just the last one?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Which is correct: "yell at..." or "yell to..."

    If I yell "to" you, I am raising my voice so you can hear me across the distance or above other noise. I simply need you to hear me.

    If I yell "at" you, I am expressing my anger with you with a loud voice. (Actually, we sometimes use "yell at" to simply refer to expressed anger, even if the voice isn't very loud." If I yell at you, I'm mad.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which is correct: "yell at..." or "yell to..."

    Quote Originally Posted by drexlar View Post
    I am doing an online English course and I found the following phrase: Charles yelled to the girl. While I was searching for the meaning of yell in a dictionary I found examples with yell at. Now I am confused, are both correct or just the last one?

    Thanks in advance
    They are both correct, but have different meanings. "Charles yelled to the girl" means that he called out to her, perhaps to get her attention. "Charles yelled at the girl" implies that he shouted at her in anger.

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    Re: Which is correct: "yell at..." or "yell to..."

    Thank you guys, nice answers both of you.

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