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    to or with

    <Hi my sweetest and respected teachers>
    1 : ""After the words 'talk' 'speak' and 'chat' what should i use 'to' or 'with' ?
    2 : ''I looked up the meaning of ''go for''. correct?

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    Re: to or with

    1 : ""After the words 'talk' 'speak' and 'chat' what should i use 'to' or 'with' ? Both are fine.
    2 : ''I looked up the meaning of ''go for''. correct? Yes.

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    Smile Re: to or with

    I need to talk to/with you.
    I need to speak to you. (BrE)
    I need to speak with you.(AmE)
    I should chat to her ...
    I should chat with him...

    I am not sure which one is used in BrE or AmE.

    EDIT: I did not see Bhai posting!

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    #4

    Re: to or with

    Quote Originally Posted by twilit1988 View Post
    <Hi my sweetest and respected teachers>
    1 : ""After the words 'talk' 'speak' and 'chat' what should i use 'to' or 'with' ?
    2 : ''I looked up the meaning of ''go for''. correct?
    Both to and with are fine most of the time. There are times, however, when to is definitely indicated.
    If, for example, you are teaching your child good manners, you would say "It is impolite to talk to your elders in this way."

    I would also not use to with chat.

    To indicates a single person speaking whereas with or chat indicates more than one person.

    I have no idea what the ''go for'' has to do with this.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Exclamation Re: to or with

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I need to talk to/with you.
    I need to speak to you. (BrE)
    I need to speak with you.(AmE)
    I should chat to her ...
    I should chat with him...

    I am not sure which one is used in BrE or AmE.

    EDIT: I did not see Bhai posting!
    I do not think the use of to/with have any thing to do with BrE/AmE. They are used universally to express appropriate meaning, as in the following examples:
    He would like to talk to his boss about his problem.
    Feds want to have a talk with his friend’s brother
    Ask him to speak to me.
    He can speak with confidence before a gathering.
    My friend likes to chat with girls.
    I think chat to is inappropriate.

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    #6

    Re: to or with

    Speak, talk and chat are all used with 'to' and 'with'. It is true that in certain situations one is more appropriate than the other, but the original question was general and did not specify any particular contexts.


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    Re: to or with

    Quote Originally Posted by twilit1988 View Post
    <Hi my sweetest and respected teachers>
    1 : ""After the words 'talk' 'speak' and 'chat' what should i use 'to' or 'with' ?
    2 : ''I looked up the meaning of ''go for''. correct?
    2. yes
    1.
    talk/speak to -- you speak for the most part
    speak/talk with -- both parties speak in equal shares

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    Re: to or with

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree any one could be used. One could be more appropriate than the other. However, I feel it won't be incorrect to use either to or with in almost all the scenarios. Am i going overboard in making this claim? Please let me know.

    Also I have a question with chat to.. Could anyone please use this in a sentence?

    Thanks,
    Kiran

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    Re: to or with

    'To chat to', 'I chatted to my sister last night on the telephone', 'I was chatting to my friend this morning', these are not constructions that I would use, but they are used.

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    #10

    Re: to or with

    Talking to has a differnt meaning than talking/speaking with many times.

    If you are addressing a group in a prepared way, you are talking to the assembled. (As in giving a speech)

    If you are basically giving an order, you say

    "Don't turn away from me when I am talking to you."
    "There is no sense in talking to you about the mess in your room"

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