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    Talk to me / with me

    I believe they are slightly diff but mean the same thing, am I correct?

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    Re: Talk to me / with me

    Quote Originally Posted by TicoInBrazil View Post
    I believe they are slightly diff but mean the same thing, am I correct?

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    TicoInBrazil,


    I was taught that there is a difference.

    (1) talk/speak to = one person does all the talking/speaking.

    (a) The President will speak to the nation tonight.

    (b) The boss is very angry with you. He wants to talk to you

    immediately.

    (2) talk/speak with = there is more of an exchange of views.

    (a) My friends and I like to talk with one another during lunch.

    (b) May I speak with you about a problem that we are having

    with each other?


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    #3

    Re: Talk to me / with me

    Speakers of BrE normally talk/speak to somebody. With sounds artificial to us.

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    Re: Talk to me / with me

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    TicoInBrazil,


    I was taught that there is a difference.

    (1) talk/speak to = one person does all the talking/speaking.

    (a) The President will speak to the nation tonight.

    (b) The boss is very angry with you. He wants to talk to you

    immediately.

    (2) talk/speak with = there is more of an exchange of views.

    (a) My friends and I like to talk with one another during lunch.

    (b) May I speak with you about a problem that we are having

    with each other?


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    NOT A TEACHER.

    It might be interesting to note that in German the same distinction is made between "sprechen zu" (speak to) and "sprechen mit" (speak with).

    I wasn't actually aware of the distinction in English, perhaps because it's not observed by many people in everyday English.

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    Re: Talk to me / with me

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Speakers of BrE normally talk/speak to somebody. With sounds artificial to us.
    I agree that "with" sounds stilted.

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    #6

    Re: Talk to me / with me

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by TicoInBrazil View Post
    I believe they are slightly diff but mean the same thing, am I correct?
    I usually say

    May I have a word with you? instead of

    May I talk with you.

    for other cases I say

    I'd like to talk to you.
    I must talk to you.
    Listen to me! I am talking to you!

    etc.

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    Re: Talk to me / with me

    Quote Originally Posted by TicoInBrazil View Post
    I believe they are slightly diff but mean the same thing, am I correct?
    Both are possible, but 'with' tends to suggest a rather more serious/weighty topic, while 'to' is generally used where we are referring simply to everyday conversation/social banter.

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