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My question is about style. Does it sound natural if you say that someone "is in a lively chat/conversation with someone" or is it better to say "he is ENGAGED in a lively chat with her"?

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    We can say in conversation (though not in chat), but if you add an adjective it needs to be engaged in a lively conversation. – Kate Bunting Aug 5 '20 at 7:28
  • @KateBunting Thanks. So it's either: He is in conversation with her. OR He is engaged in a lively conversation/chat with her. ? – Victor Dubrovsky Aug 5 '20 at 8:10
  • Yes, that is what I meant. – Kate Bunting Aug 5 '20 at 8:16
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    He is in a lively chat with her sounds perfectly fine to me, even though I would call it informal language. – Jason Bassford Aug 5 '20 at 16:24
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"He is engaged in a lively chat with her" is technically correct, but the usual way to say this would be "he is having a lively chat with her".

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