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  1. Marina Gaidar's Avatar
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    I speak of my son

    What is the difference between "I speak of my son" and "I speak about my son"?

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    Re: I speak of my son

    It can be the same.

    In the OALD, for SPEAK, sense 3 doesn't make a distinction between them:

    speak of/about something/somebody: to mention or describe something/somebody

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    Re: I speak of my son

    It can depend on the amount of information- sometimes of is used for a brief piece and about for a more detailed description. I would not use speak of if the central subject of my talk was my son.

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