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    I spoke to Ram

    I spoke to Ram yesterday.

    I talked to Ram yesterday.

    Are these OK? Do they convey the same meaning?

    I understand 1st one is correct and not the 2nd one but I am not very sure about it.

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    Re: I spoke to Ram

    They are both correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I spoke to Ram

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/talk_1 Definition#1.
    Having read the above, I would not use 'talked' if Ram had just listened but not spoken to me.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I spoke to Ram

    I don't see how you came to that conclusion, Matthew. I can see that that would apply to "talked with" but not "talked to".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I spoke to Ram

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't see how you came to that conclusion, Matthew.
    I thought so because 'talk to' and 'talk with' are under the same definition there.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I spoke to Ram

    There is not a strict separation between "talk to" and "talk with". Both allow the possibility of conversation.

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