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What is the difference between meeting with someone or meeting someone?

For example when I would like to ask someone if he is happy to meet with me and my friend for the first time, how should I ask? "If you are up to meeting us" or "if you are up to meeting with us"?

I tried to google this and use the search, but I couldn't find an answer.

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What did the dictionary say? –  tchrist Apr 22 '13 at 20:13
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You may care to look here or here. –  Brian Hooper Apr 22 '13 at 20:53
    
Or you may care to ask here on English Language Learners. –  FumbleFingers Apr 22 '13 at 22:46
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Typically, if you "meet with someone," you already know the person, and you are setting up an arranged time to talk.

To "meet someone" usually means to greet them for the first time.

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I think both are acceptable ways to say it, but depending on where one's from, one of them will sound more correct and natural. As an American I would say that the first one is more common/natural/brief.

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What is the difference between meeting with someone or meeting someone?

"Meeting with", is American English. That is the difference. Using the word with, is not really necessary. It does not add any, extra meaning. It's superfluous. It is surplus to requirements. An unnecessary, added extra.

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