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Language Refresher 68: Talk to vs Talk with

Grammarly Blog gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘talk to’ vs ‘talk with’



  • Talk to and talk with both mean to converse with someone.
  • In almost all cases, talk to and talk with can be used interchangeably.



(a) Talk to

-Some feel that talk to should be used only for one-sided conversations—when a television host addresses the viewers, perhaps, or when a boss reprimands an employee.  in everyday conversation, talk to is understood to mean “converse with someone.”


The employee became curious when her boss asked to talk to her in the conference room. 

My wife hates when I interrupt as she talks to me.


(b) Talk with

-Some people also feel that talk with should be reserved for discussions between two or more participants. Unlike the expression talk to, an interchange is implicit in the understanding of the preposition with. However, it’s rarely necessary to make such a strict distinction.



The toddler often talks with her teddy bears about her day.

Brent asked if he could talk with the celebrity about his recent film.




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