I ask my boss' assistant if I can talk to my boss. She accepts. I go into my boss' office and say hi and...

I've asked to speak with you because...

  1. Is this a perfectly natural thing to say?

  2. Would I've asked to talk to you be just as natural?

Thank you in advance.

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    Both are perfectly natural. Jul 2, 2021 at 13:27

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Both of these are natural, speak and talk are synonyms. In my opinion as an American, "I've asked to talk to you" feels slightly less formal, but only slightly.

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    They are synonyms, yes, but there are nuanced differences between them, for example a boss saying to a subordinate: "I need to speak with you" is different to "I need to talk to you" from the perspective of the subordinate. I believe this is what the OP is asking about.
    – gotube
    Jul 2, 2021 at 21:22
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    @gotube huh, personally I interpret them pretty much the same, but I'm sure you're right that there can be more nuance. It also likely varies by region, education, what field it is, etc.
    – Griffin
    Jul 3, 2021 at 2:53

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