Englsh Grammar

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Updated On 02 Feb, 19


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Lecture 39: The difference between the verbs Speak and Talk

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The difference between speak and talk

In this lesson, we are going to learn the difference between two verbs, speak and talk. People get confused and do not know when to use them and often make mistakes as both the verbs imply verbal communication.

Speak is a more formal verb than talk. It is used when one person addresses a group of people,more of a one way conversation, like at a meeting or a conference. A person who is who is fluent and eloquent, is called a good speaker and not a talker.

Example John will speak at the conference on Monday.

Example Id like to speak to the doctor. ( speak is used because the conversation is formal between the patient and doctor)

It is also used to express expertise in a language.

Example Henry speaks English and French. (do not use talk)

Talk is an informal verb. It is used when there is a conversation between many people.

Example My brother and I talked about our future plans. ( about is used to introduce the subject of conversation)

Example My friends and I talk for long hours daily.

When you want to tell someone that their talk makes no sense, you say ;

Example Dont talk nonsense.(do not use speak)

Both the verbs can be used with the following

speaktalk about to introduce the subject of conversation

speaktalk to to introduce the partner or people involved in the conversation.



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