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    #1

    meeting a friend

    1 Tonite, I'm meeting a friend.

    2 Tonite, I'm meeting with a friend.

    3 Tonite, I'm meeting up with a friend.

    AFAIK they're all correct but are there differences in meaning?

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    #2

    Re: meeting a friend

    2 is not very natural.
    3 is very natural English.
    1 is also fine.

    There's no real difference in meaning between 1 and 3 but they can have slightly different feels, depending on how you say them, of course.

    SPELLING: Tonight

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    #3

    Re: meeting a friend

    I don't want to know what AFAIK means, but please use standard English on this forum.

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    #4

    Re: meeting a friend

    I don't see #2 as an less natural than 1 or 3. In fact, the given order is the same order I'm likely to use them.
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    #5

    Re: meeting a friend

    This elderly speaker of BrE would say only "I'm meeting up with a friend tonight".

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    #6

    Re: meeting a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I don't see #2 as an less natural than 1 or 3.
    I think it's less natural because with is not necessary and does not play a functional role in the phrase.

    Since meet is naturally used transitively (meet somebody), the a friend acts as the object of the verb. But if you include with, the meeting appears to be intransitive and the prepositional phrase with a friend is adverbial.

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    #7

    Re: meeting a friend

    I'm not suggesting you're wrong, I'm offering an alternate opinion based on the English I use and hear.

    I do think it's not uncommon for people to include strictly unnecessary words in spoken English. We can't proofread, edit, and analyze to the extent we can with written language.
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    #8

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    I'm going to hazard a guess that AFAIK is supposed to mean "as far as I know". It might be common amongst teenagers with their indecipherable textspeak but it's certainly not commonly used amongst the majority of the population of the UK, and definitely not on this forum. krisfromgermany, please use standard English and write all words in full.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

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    AFAIK is widely used on many forums as well as in texts. I'm not defending its use here, where we promote formal writing, but this is a rare place on the web in that regard.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: meeting a friend

    @ GS. u r right, IMHO.

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