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    #1

    having a word

    During a test I came across this question...or something similar.

    You can start by having a ________ with the author of the text.

    a) word
    b) talk
    c) conversation

    What is the right one and the diference between them? There was no context but the question was supposed to be related to a text (that has an author) above the question. By the way, I chose "a" which "sounded better" to me.

    thanks

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    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    During a test I came across this question...or something similar.

    You can start by having a ________ with the author of the text.

    a) word=talk briefly,
    b) talk=talk longer than having a word,
    c) conversation, talk longer than having a talk,

    What is the right one and the diference between them? There was no context but the question was supposed to be related to a text (that has an author) above the question. By the way, I chose "a" which "sounded better" to me.

    thanks
    d

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    Re: having a word

    I hate it when I find this kind of questions in a test, since all of them seem grammatically correct.
    Now, we must find a slight difference in meaning wich may be assessed as right... or not.

    I think that "have a word with someone" has a slightly serious meaning. Having a conversation sounds more formal than have a talk, which I find much lighter.

    So, if there was anything to help you distinguish, that would be something. Otherwise, I just don't know.

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    Re: having a word

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    d

    Hmm...I see no d...so which would you go for??

    Thank you both kraken and banderas.

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    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    There was no context but the question was supposed to be related to a text (that has an author) above the question.
    To a text? What do you mean?

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    #6

    Re: having a word

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    To a text? What do you mean?
    An essay about any subject, the kind of text you usually find in english tests.

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    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    An essay about any subject, the kind of text you usually find in english tests.
    It is impossible to know the answer without seeing the text. Read the text and try to find it out or post the text here. Hopefully it is not too long.

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    #8

    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    During a test I came across this question...or something similar.

    You can start by having a ________ with the author of the text.

    a) word
    b) talk
    c) conversation

    What is the right one and the diference between them? There was no context but the question was supposed to be related to a text (that has an author) above the question. By the way, I chose "a" which "sounded better" to me.

    thanks
    Hi,
    I think that, given the nature of the phrase "talk" is the better of the options on offer, "talk" is a bit abrupt and "conversation" unnecessarily formal.

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    #9

    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    It is impossible to know the answer without seeing the text. Read the text and try to find it out or post the text here. Hopefully it is not too long.
    Ok, I don't have the text here. But anyway it would give no clue about the answer. I was just hopefull that some of the options could sound unusual to someone.

    Thanks.

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    Re: having a word

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    I think that, given the nature of the phrase "talk" is the better of the options on offer, "talk" is a bit abrupt and "conversation" unnecessarily formal.
    Ok I think I got you "word is a bit abrupt"...it would be suitable for something like "We were having a word about his problem at school".

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