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    #1

    meet (with)

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if we can use the verb 'meet' with the preposition 'with' as in the sentence below:

    - What did you do yesterday?
    - I met (with) my friends; we had lots of fun.

    (We had arranged to meet before; we didn't meet unexpectedly). I know that 'meet up with' would be a safe bet, but I'd like to get a handle on the usage of 'meet'.
    My phrasal verbs dictionary says 'meet with' is used when we're talking about formal meetings. However, I'm almost sure I've seen 'meet with' in a sentence such as the one I've written above.

    I'd be grateful for help.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: meet (with)

    Informal:

    I met up with my friends.
    We will meet up with them at the show.

    Hook up, meet up and slang expressions for getting together.


    Formal:
    I met with John for a business lunch.
    or
    I met John for lunch.

    I will meet with the new manager Tuesday.

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    #3

    Re: meet (with)

    I believe, though others may think differently, that 'to meet' is the English verb, and 'to meet with' is the American version. Certainly I always use the former. So adjust what you say according to where your audience is from, or just choose one and stick to it.

    For a formal meeting, I would actually say I was having a meeting, rather than meeting with someone.

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    #4

    Re: meet (with)

    As a BrE speaker, I would use meet someone rather than meet with, though you do hear it used sometimes.

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    #5

    Re: meet (with)

    Thank you for the replies.
    Do I understand it correctly that it's another BrE/AmE difference and the phrase

    I met my friends (it had been arranged); we had lots of fun

    sounds perfectly fine to a British person?

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    Re: meet (with)

    Yes, it's fine to my BrE ears.

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