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Please help do you use with or it

Unread post by cougarcar1 » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:59 am

Which is correct

communicate with

comminicate to

any help would be good

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Unread post by Yuventius » Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:13 am

Hi, i am a new member here. hope we can help each other.

it's -communicate with-

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Unread post by eric_p_m » Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:54 am

Dear Cougarcar1,

Both "communicate with" and "communicate to" are correct in usage depending on surrounding context and the desired meaning you wish to convey.

The verb "communicate" has both transitive and intransitive functions so it could be used with direct or indirect objects, but your confusion is sematic in orgin: some meanings of communicate require the preposition "with" while other definitions require the prepostion "to".

communicate. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.0.1). Retrieved September 01, 2006, from website: ... te&x=0&y=0

If you need further insight, come by and talk with me while I am working in my on-line school.


Eric Paul Monroe

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