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14 Jul 2003, 18:20
Which is the correct form?
Speak to .....
or
Speak with ......

Talk to / Talk with

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14 Jul 2003, 20:08
Hi KSS,

You've been through the GMAt before, I think the best way is not to get caught up too much in that idiom stuff and rely on the context of the sentence. Some you have to know which is true, but majority of questions aren't really like that.

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KSS wrote:
Which is the correct form?
Speak to .....
or
Speak with ......

Talk to / Talk with

I think if you are speaking/talking with/to people, the preferred choice depends on relative authority, and who's doing most, if not all, of the speaking/talking.

For example, you would speak/talk to an audience, a kid, a crowd, but you would speak/talk with a friend, lover, counselor, priest.

"Speak" has slightly more of an "authoritative" connotation than "talk"
does, IMHO.

Also, as a noun, you can give a talk to a group, but would more likely have a talk with a person of equal stature.

Also, you can speak/talk to an issue, or a concern, but you would speak/talk with authority, vigor, grace, or humility.

Hope this helps.
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17 Jul 2003, 01:46
AkamaiBrah wrote:
KSS wrote:
Which is the correct form?
Speak to .....
or
Speak with ......

Talk to / Talk with

I think if you are speaking/talking with/to people, the preferred choice depends on relative authority, and who's doing most, if not all, of the speaking/talking.

For example, you would speak/talk to an audience, a kid, a crowd, but you would speak/talk with a friend, lover, counselor, priest.

"Speak" has slightly more of an "authoritative" connotation than "talk"
does, IMHO.

Also, as a noun, you can give a talk to a group, but would more likely have a talk with a person of equal stature.

Also, you can speak/talk to an issue, or a concern, but you would speak/talk with authority, vigor, grace, or humility.

Hope this helps.

Wonderful!!!

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11 Jul 2007, 20:57
KSS wrote:
Which is the correct form?
Speak to .....
or
Speak with ......

Talk to / Talk with

from what i know

Speak to (to tell you something)
speak with (to discuss something)

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