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    "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Could you explain the difference between "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with".

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Quote Originally Posted by JuliaRom View Post
    Could you explain the difference between

    "meet sb/sth"

    That doesn't mean anything. Don't use it.


    "meet up with"

    Get together informally to do something - hang out, go to lunch, go hiking, whatever:

    Let's meet up with them tonight at seven in front of the theater.


    "meet with"
    ?

    Get together more formally for a scheduled meeting:

    We'll meet with the fundraising committee tomorrow.


    Thanks.
    Your thanks is obviously in advance. Just say:

    - Thanks.
    - Thank you.
    - Many thanks.
    - Thanks so much.

    You're welcome!
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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Meet someone is very common where I live. It signifies an unplanned meeting, unlike meet (up) with, which implies an advance plan.

    I met Harold is synonymous with I bumped into Harold.

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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Maybe it's a regional thing. If I have a planned encounter with somebody I just say I'm going to meet them. (Example: "I'll meet you at your place.")

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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Maybe it's a regional thing. If I have a planned encounter with somebody I just say I'm going to meet them. (Example: "I'll meet you at your place.")
    Me too. I would never understand I met Harold to mean "I bumped into Harold." If that usage was standard when I lived in Toronto forty years ago, I never noticed it.
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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    It depends on context.

    "I met Harold forty years ago" clearly means "I met Harold for the first time forty years ago".
    "I went into town and met Harold for lunch" suggests that I planned the meeting (and probably the lunch) in advance.
    "You won't believe what happened this morning. I met Harold in the middle of the supermarket. We chatted for ages and we've arranged to go out for dinner next Tuesday" means I bumped into him unexpectedly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Maybe it's a regional thing. If I have a planned encounter with somebody I just say I'm going to meet them. (Example: "I'll meet you at your place.")
    Yes,I agree. That wasn't one of the choices Julia asked about, so I didn't mention it. I'm glad you did.

    Buit what does sb/sth mean?
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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Meet sb - Meet somebody
    Meet sth - Meet something (?)

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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Meet sb - Meet somebody
    Meet sth - Meet something (?)
    !

    Are those some of those texty things, like lol and omg? Live and learn. I might need to find a TSL website! Thanks.
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    Re: "meet sb/sth", "meet up with", and "meet with"

    sb and sth are non-standard abbreviations which we discourage here on the forum.

    Dictionary editors use them to save space, rather than printing the words in full thousands of times.

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