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    #1

    to speak IN English

    I was searching for the difference in meaning between ' to speak English' and ' to speak in English'. The explanation that the first expression refers to ability while the second to a language choice seems the best to me. Do you prefer ' to speak English' in any case?

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    #2

    Re: to speak IN English

    To speak English is more natural to me than to speak in English.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: to speak IN English

    We are more likely to use "in" in conjunction with "say", rather than with "speak".

    Please speak English.
    Please say it in English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: to speak IN English

    You may say that if you encounter someone who speaks in another language which you do not understand :

    Could you please speak in English?
    Last edited by tedmc; 20-Mar-2016 at 08:08.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: to speak IN English

    ...which you not understand... OR ...which you don't understand...?

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    #6

    Re: to speak IN English

    ..which you do not understand, of course. (typo)
    I am not a teacher.

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