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    Nice to meet with all of you!

    A new priest addressed the members of the temple as follows:

    Nice to meet with all of you!

    Should it be "meet" instead? Thanks.

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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    Good question.

    I's a fine point. We say "meet" and "meet with" to mean gather or confer, and it's used even if everyone already knows each other.

    - My union will meet (gather) tonight.
    - I will meet (confer) with my lawyer tomorrow.

    Since he was new, both "meet" (encounter for the first time) and "meet with" (join together/confer) make sense, although the meanings are different.
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    #3

    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    Most speakers of BrE prefer the plain 'meet'.

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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    I never use 'meet with'. I usually 'have a meeting' with someone.
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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I never use 'meet with'. I usually 'have a meeting' with someone.
    Interesting! I do both. So do the people I meet with. It's probably just an Americanism.

    Which means that Tan's priest is either speaking good American English or bad British English.
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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    Meet with wouldn't be bad British English, but less common than plain meet.

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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Meet with wouldn't be bad British English, but less common than plain meet.
    Thanks, Tdol.

    That means "meet" and "meet with" have the same meaning. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: Nice to meet with all of you!

    See #2 above.
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