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    Spoken with/spoken to

    Hi

    Which of the following sentences is correct, and why? I would be very grateful for your help and advice.

    I have spoken with [person's name] at [organisation name] to arrange out of hours care.

    I have spoken to [person's name] at [organisation name] to arrange out of hours care.


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    #2

    Re: Spoken with/spoken to

    This speaker of BrE would use use only 'to'.

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    #3

    Re: Spoken with/spoken to

    I don't know if Piscean's comment applies to this context or was meant in general.

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    #4

    Re: Spoken with/spoken to

    While we do hear 'speak with;, we normally 'speak to' people, in all contexts.

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    #5

    Re: Spoken with/spoken to

    In BrE we would say, "talk to", "speak to" , "chatted to"; all of these rather than "with".
    We would usually infer that the other person was talking/ speaking/ chatting too.

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    #6

    Re: Spoken with/spoken to

    In AmE, there is a difference in usage in some cases. Speak "with" implies a give and take with the other person(s). That is not always the case with "speak to".

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