If you speak very loudly to someone who is near to you, for example because you are angry with them, you shout at/✳to them.


Can't you shout to somebody who is near to you?

Secondly, if you are angry at somebody that's not near to you, do you shout at or to them?

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    To "shout to" someone means to shout because the environment requires it to communicate. It could be the distance, or a loud environment, or the other person is wearing hearing protection. So yes, if it's very noisy where you are, you could shout to someone who's right beside you. "Shout to" does not mean angry shouting.
    – gotube
    Sep 8, 2021 at 19:38
  • You can, but that's not the usual usage. Don't use it unless you have complicating circumstances. Sep 9, 2021 at 0:13
  • The meaning difference between "shout to" and "shout at" may not be absolute, but typically if you want to give a connotation of shouting out of frustration or anger with somebody, "shout at" is better; and if you want to give a connotation of shouting because someone may have difficulty hearing you, "shout to" is better.
    – nschneid
    Sep 9, 2021 at 17:13

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I'd shout at someone nearby, not shout to. If I'm angry, I shout at someone far away, not shout to. If I shout to someone far away, it's not obvious or necessary that I'm angry.

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