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Speak to and Speak with

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Created Date: Wed 08 Feb 2012

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What is the difference between Speak to and Speak with? Have you ever asked yourself this question?

 

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English is one of the most common language which has been widely used in many different nations. Hence, there are variations on how to use English and for our question today, it has been quite a controversial topic. The explanation below is just our personal recommendation.

Speak to: when the other party tends to only listen.
From TheFreeDictionary, it is used to address (a person).
Speak to also implies a somewhat sense of authority.
For example:
> Yesterday, he spoke to 1,000 Republicans.
> Peter's father spoke to him because Peter didn't do well in the exam.

From TheFreeDictionary, "speak to someone" can be used when sending someone away with a flea in his or her ear. Ex: "This is not the first time I have had to speak to you about your timekeeping."
Speak with seems to be used when referring to a conversation when the other party actually talks back.
For example: Peter was speaking with his father about his holiday.


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