If you’re wondering whether you should use talk to or talk with in a conversation, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at talking to and talking with someone, and see if there really is a difference between these terms.
When to Use ‘Talk to’ vs. ‘Talk with’
Essentially, there is absolutely no difference between the two terms and they can be used interchangeably. Generally, talking to and talking with both mean having a conversation. This means that participants conversing are are talking to each other.
Many people believe that talking to indicates a one-sided conversation. For example, between a boss and an employee, a YouTuber and his/her viewers or even a formal expression of disapproval. Many also claim that talking with should be used only while having a discussion with two or more people, friends or equals.
However, it’s not necessary to make such a clear distinction between the two terms since they both mean having a conversation with someone. In everyday speech, most natives use both, talk to or talk with interchangeably.
Here are some examples
- Can I talk to you for a minute?
- Can I talk with you for a minute?
- I’ve been talking to her about her falling grades, but nothing has improved.
- I’ve been talking with her about her falling grades, but nothing has improved.
- I talked to my boss and he agreed to my new project proposal.
- I talked with my boss and he agreed to my new project proposal
To summarize, talking to and talking with can be used interchangeably without making any difference. 🙂