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Monday, 18 June 2007

AAE Q75: 'chat to/with'

Hi,

Which is correct "chatting with you" or "chatting to you"?

Terra


Hi,

Both are correct, but there is a very slight difference in meaning.

Chatting WITH implies a give-and-take. You are engaging in that activity along with another person.

Chatting TO, on the other hand, comes across as you, alone. You can chat, or talk, TO anything - it doesn't have to talk back.

When you talk TO people, they listen. When you talk WITH someone, they talk back. Same with chatting.

I hope this helps.

Matt

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