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Russian Federation


Hi dear all,

could you help me, please. What �s the difference between

talk to/ talk with     go by bus/ go on the bus

And one more question. Can I use Past Continuous with "last week/night.."?

Thank you so much for your attention. 

25 Jan 2011      


if i say �may i talk to Ana? �, it means a one way conversation will take place.. me talking and Ana listening..
but when i say �may i talk with Ana? �, it means there will be a sharing of opinions between me and Ana (posted on 

go by bus - I think I will go by bus.
go on the bus - Sorry, I can �t talk now because I �m on the bus. (I �m inside the bus.)

I think that you can use PC with last week/night... e.g. I was reading my Cosmopolitan last night. - but probably you haven �t finished reading it

I hope it helps :)

Have a good day!

25 Jan 2011     

United States

"Last night I was watching television while my children were doing their homework."
"Talk to"  can have a more directive meaning, but doesn �t have to.
"On the bus" focuses more on the ride/experience and "by bus" on the mode of trasnportation/the move ment from one place to another-.
Not the greatest explanations, but I have to go into class now, sorry,
EDIT: looks like Gossip girl and I were writing at the same time--she�s right

25 Jan 2011