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# Tricky SC Series- #11

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27 Jun 2010, 02:58
I have 1 concern with this question .. please clarify ..

Here a discussion takes place, so shouldn't it be 'spoke with' and not 'spoke to' ?

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27 Jun 2010, 05:03
Only the idiom "spoke to", but, because this SC problem tests almost no grammar and only idioms, it's atypical of the GMAT SC.
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01 Sep 2011, 13:37
The manager of regional sales spoke with distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced.

A. spoke with the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced.
B. spoke to the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced
C. had spoken with the distributors about the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced
D. spoke with the distributors regarding the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced
E. spoke to the distributors with regards to the late shipment and, after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion, the freight fee was subsequently reduced

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'Spoke with' means have a conversation. 'Spoke to' means the other party is just listening (no two way conversation) and it is also used in american english to mean an unfriendly conversation. Both are correct idioms. since the context here is unfriendly conversation (heated discussion), 'spoke to' is more appropriate.

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01 Sep 2011, 21:12
IMO: Speak to or speak with do not indicate friendliness or unfriendliness. Speak to can be unilateral, in which case, the audience may not be taking part. It may just be a sermon. On the other hand, Speak with certainly involves speaking by the opposite side. Then only it becomes a conversation. In this context, the text indicates it is also a heated discussion with distributors and hence it may mean lot of speaking with lots of people. So speak with is more appropriate contextually.
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18 Dec 2011, 04:34
more discussion about ( SPOKE TO OR SPOKE WITH ) and when one will be better to other.

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19 Dec 2011, 01:18
"spoke to" is better than "spoke with". Spoke to means that one speak to one. Speak with mean 2 or more will have a conversation.

B is correct.
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25 Jan 2012, 17:40
Why are we not using perfect tense as two events occur here, one following the other

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29 Feb 2012, 03:10
B is the winner here.

A tricky problem.

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17 Mar 2014, 04:48
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Hi All !

Sharing some SCs from a recent mock test (thought that u may or may not get the same q when you take the same mock and that it'd be a good practice for all... ). Please post some explanation with the answers.

All the options mention "after a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion". Now, "spoke with" means to have a 2way discussion and "spoke to" refers to 1 way instruction/address given to a person.

I feel spoke with must be used. Can someone correct me if I am wrong?

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i have a small query in the above mentioned question .. as "manager" is a singular noun how could we use the verb "spoke" which is plural

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25 Oct 2016, 07:37
daagh wrote:
IMO: Speak to or speak with do not indicate friendliness or unfriendliness. Speak to can be unilateral, in which case, the audience may not be taking part. It may just be a sermon. On the other hand, Speak with certainly involves speaking by the opposite side. Then only it becomes a conversation. In this context, the text indicates it is also a heated discussion with distributors and hence it may mean lot of speaking with lots of people. So speak with is more appropriate contextually.

I completely agree with daagh. we have "a heated discussion". Clearly, we have a two side conversation. Speak to is inappropriate here. Thus, speak with should be used.

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