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When would be a good time talk with/to you?
Which word should be used?
Thanks in advance.
This is a serious matter and I can not keep quite. I will talk to John about it and try to resolve the issue.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he's willing to talk with the Taliban leaders in a bid to bring peace to the country
'Talk with' was rarely, if ever, heard in Australia when I was young. Sometime during the 80s or 90s, someone came up with the idea (perhaps from America) that 'talk to' tended to imply 'talk at', ie. a one-way monologue, and the more inclusive, touchy-feely and politically correct 'talk with' was adopted by more progressive people.
My opinion, for what it is worth, is that they mean fundamentally the same thing and always have. If you talk with someone, you talk to them and vice versa.
The following conversation never occurs, except as a disapproving correction of A by B:
A: Will you talk to John?
B: Do you mean "with John"?
A: Sorry, yes.
It doesn't occur in other contexts because there's no other reason for B's response.
When I say 'may I talk to you?', it means a one way conversation will take place.. me talking and you listening (mostly I talk and you listen).
but when I say 'may I talk with you?', it means there will be a sharing of opinions between me and you.
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Hmm, I wonder if Obama actually talked to or with the Chinese president and Karzai? Of course, he did both, and I don't think it means he's reproving them.
Choose your own famous person and watch them talk to and with people simultaneously!
The truth is out there.
Last edited by Raymott; 16-Apr-2010 at 10:26.