who I am speaking to/with?

nick   Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:28 am GMT
When someone is on the phone, I should say who I am speaking to or with?
Russconha   Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:36 am GMT
I would say it is better to say 'with', unless you are not giving the other person much of a chance to speak
Rob   Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:01 am GMT
American English allows either 'speak with' or 'speak to'.

British English discourages 'speak with', though it's widely used.

I'm a native Brit, and use 'speak with' wherever possible, despite it being frowned upon by traditionalists. I find it gives a greater impression of a 'conversation' [with] rather than a 'lecture' [to].
nick   Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:54 am GMT
Thank you,Russconha, Rob!