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    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    Hello people,

    Please help me understand the differences of these sentences:

    1. He talked to her last night.

    2. He talked at her last night.

    3. He talked with her last night.

    Based on what I know, using "at" means talking to somebody without letting the somebody answer back. In short, you are only the one talking. On the other hand, using "to" lets the other person talk back to you so it means both of you are talking to each other. How about using "with"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: to/at/with?

    I think you're right about the "at" and "to".
    I think "with" is pretty much the same as "to".

    The nuance is perhaps slightly different.
    "With" could mean it is a conversation with both people listening carefully to each other. But "to" could mean that one person is doing most of the talking.

    Hope this helps : )


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