talk to + talk with

arul

New Member
Tamil
Hi,

I was wondering what is the difference between "Talking to someone" and "Talking with someone".

Can you explain the usage to me plz.

Thanks,
Arul
 
  • irisheyes0583

    Senior Member
    English (USA)
    Well, I almost always say that I'm talking "to" someone, when in reality, I'm talking "with". For me, to talk "with" someone means that you are both equally engaged in conversation; to talk "to" someone implies that you are talking "at" them--that you occupy the higher ground of the conversation. However, as I said, in common speech, you will usally hear the preposition "to".
     

    warburtonrichard

    Member
    UK, English
    Depends on the context, but normally it is the same. Perhaps in a way there is a slight perceived emotional difference, talking with someone might imply more of a two way discussion, talking to someone may be more like telling someone something.
    That's my view, it probably is the same. if you have a bigger context, I can give you my more definitive view.
    Saludos
    Ric
     
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