Speak with or Speak to?

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Today’s question – do we “speak with” someone or “speak to” someone?

If you’re having a conversation, there’s no difference; you can use either one:

  • “I spoke to the manager” or “I spoke with the manager.”
  • Or we could use “talk”: Let’s talk to the teacher = Let’s talk with the teacher.

The only special situation is when you are giving a speech to an audience. In that case, we can only use “speak to”:

  • “I’ll be speaking to a group of college students about financial planning.”

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