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So, what the title says. I'm not a native speaker and, although I have been living in the UK for 2 years, some expressions are still new to me.

Context: I met a girl 4 days ago. We went out on a date and, since then, we talked probably twice through texts (I'm away on a work trip, bad timing). Today, I finished a text by saying "I won't reply for a while, I'm going to a meeting". And she replied "Ok, talk later :)".

Now, is this the typical "See you later" or is this literal, like "Ok, talk to me later in the day"? It sounds quite stupid, but I don't know that person that well and I don't want to make any mistakes.

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  • In all likelihood, she meant see you later. The ":)" at the end makes it seem more like a sign-off than an attempt to schedule a later conversation. That said, it's always best to directly ask if communication is unclear. It is unlikely to be held against you and usually is appreciated - not to mention it helps avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. – GetzelR Feb 14 '18 at 15:13
  • Ok, talk later means here: Ok, we'll talk later [by texting each other]. OR by phone. It is not see you later. – Lambie Feb 15 '18 at 17:41
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It's a shorthand way of saying "Okay, we'll talk later."

In all likelihood, she wouldn't have phrased it that way if she were speaking to you instead of texting. Because it's more tedious to text/type than it is to speak, she shortened the sentence figuring you would be able to guess the pronoun without her having to type it.

  • When speaking, it's totally common to hear (e. g. when finishing phone conversations), "OK, talk to you later". So it can also mean "I" will talk to you later. In any case, this is a way to say that "our conversation will continue at a later time." – tenebris2020 Feb 15 '18 at 18:12

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