Talk to, talk with and talk at
There is hardly any difference between talk to and talk with. I think the form talk with is more common in American English.
- Can I talk with Alice, please? OR Can I talk to Alice, please?
- I want to talk to you. OR I want to talk with you.
- You must talk to your boss. OR You must talk with your boss.
To talk to / talk with somebody is to have a meaningful conversation with them. This is usually a two-way process. That means both parties exchange their ideas.
When you talk at somebody, you are just talking at them. You don&3146;t care whether they are listening or not. You are also not keen on hearing what they have to say. Note that this expression has a negative connotation.
- He was a difficult boss. He would always talk at you. He wasnt really interested in hearing what you had to say.
- Dont just talk at me. I also want to be heard.
- The teacher was merely talking at her students.
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