I am not sure if they both mean the same thing, but if they don't mean the same thing is it possible that "talk back at you" implies a more aggressive opposition than "talk back to you"?

  • "Talk back at you" sounds like a colloquialism. I assume it means more or less the same as "Talk back to you".
    – Andrew
    Apr 9, 2019 at 5:15
  • Where are your samples? Where did you hear this? No context, no good answers.
    – Lambie
    Jul 19, 2021 at 17:55

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Saying "talk to" implies a two-way conversation. Sometimes we want to make a point of saying that there was no conversation, and that one person was talking but not listening. In those cases "talk at" is used.

After talking to my teacher on the phone, mum came to my room and talked at me for half an hour about my "attitude".

I guess you could use "talk back at me" to mean "the person replied to me but didn't listen to what I said".

  • Talk to implies a two-way conversation?? Not sure it does at all. "I talked to him for ten minutes last night, but he never said anything at all".
    – Lambie
    Jul 19, 2021 at 17:55

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