What is the difference between `shout at’ and `shout to’?

When you become angry with someone, you sometimes end up `shouting at’ them. You say whatever it is you want to say in a loud and angry voice. In this case, you are being aggressive.

*The coach shouted at the players when they turned up late for practice.

When you `shout to’ someone, you are calling out to the person. The person is probably far away and therefore you use a loud voice to get his attention.

*Jai shouted to us to come and join him on the boat.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – April 17, 2006


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