Yesterday I heard a BBC reporter say “… urging the Burmese government to agree to all international aid…”
I think I understand why in this case ‘agree to’ rather than ‘agree with’ is used and I would like your opinion on this. When would you use ‘agree to + noun’ and ‘agree with + noun’?
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- ‘agree with’ has a sence of ‘in accordance with’ usually followed by somebody or something in association with (his/her) opinion, plan, etc.
- ‘agree to’ = has a sence of ‘accept’ followed by somebody or something in association with (his/her) offer, assertion, etc.
I also think in many cases they overlap each other.
In “agree to” there is a sense that some cooperation and participation will be happening, or at least a lack of interference. You can agree with something but remain silent and not participate.
“urging the Burmese government to agree to all international aid being allowed into the country/being dispersed to the regions, etc.”