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CORALINNA

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brasil
When on the phone prefer to use "speak", like: Can I speak to Clare?

And if you're talking face to face with her secretary? Should I say?

a) Can I speak to Clare? OR
b) Can I talk to Clare? OR
c) Both are fine.
 
  • tannen2004

    Senior Member
    English/USA
    I agree with Tazzler. In a business context I would use "speak".

    "Can I talk to Clare" sounds like something a child might say when their friend's mother answers the door.
     
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