speak to/ speak with

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ESC85

Senior Member
Korean
This book recommends useful camping equipment and supplies as though speaking ___
fellow explorers.

a. with
b. to

Is there any difference between using "with" and "to"?

Or one of them("with" and "to") can't fill the blank? If so, could tell me more specifically?
 
  • dabigkid

    New Member
    United States, English
    When you say "I spoke to David," it feels like you did most of the talking. When you say "I spoke with David," it feels like you and David talked together for the same amount of time.

    Use "to."

    "Speak with" is also friendlier. If I am in trouble, someone would probably say to me, "let me speak to you."
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Both prepositions could work, but the entire sentence seems strange.

    How does a book 'speak' with fellow explorers? The writer or author may do so, but not the book itself.
     

    quorumangelorum

    Member
    US, english
    When you say "I spoke to David," it feels like you did most of the talking. When you say "I spoke with David," it feels like you and David talked together for the same amount of time.

    Use "to."

    "Speak with" is also friendlier. If I am in trouble, someone would probably say to me, "let me speak to you."

    Exactly.
     
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