Tuesday, 8 April 2008

AAE Q139: 'speak to' vs 'speak with'

hi,

can u tell me what is a difference between - 'speak to' someone and 'speak with' someone.

Thank you.


Hi,

In most uses these combinations are interchangeable: "I spoke to [with] her for only a few minutes". In some cases, however, there may be slight differences: 'Speak to' sounds a bit more one-sided, perhaps, than 'speak with', which suggests more give and take (more of a two-way conversation).

Thanks

m

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I had the same doubt about that with talk to and talk with and it is the same case with speak to and speak with. Speak with means that there is an interaction, a conversation between the speakers and speak to signifies that one person speaks first, the other listens and then speak back

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