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    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    with / to

    If I will refer to Merriam-Webster, there's no clear difference between "speak" and "talk".

    Why is it improper to say "may I speak to? or May I talk to/with" if it's a telephone conversation. And is more politically correct to say "May I speak with.."

    Could anyone care to elaborate? Thanks!


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    Re: with / to

    Quote Originally Posted by drifter View Post
    If I will refer to Merriam-Webster, there's no clear difference between "speak" and "talk".

    Why is it improper to say "may I speak to? or May I talk to/with" if it's a telephone conversation. And is more politically correct to say "May I speak with.."


    [Could] Would anyone care to elaborate? OR

    Could anyone elaborate?
    Howdy, Drifter.

    The last one, "May I speak with ..." is a bit more polite, a bit softer but the first two,

    "may I speak to? or May I talk to/with"

    certainly are poooooossible.

    More likely, to my mind,

    Can/Could I talk to/with ... ?"

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