Does one 'chat with' or 'chat to' others?

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'Chat to' is fine in British English. It may not be common in American English, but there are enough COCA citations to suggest that it's acceptable to some people.
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I have come across a lot of sentences using 'chat to' while I was checking 'chat' in Corpus of Contemporary American English.Is 'chat to' informal?
With is the usual preposition. Can you provide a sentence in which chat to is used?
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While Syrian authorities try to act against the endemic smuggling along the border, they turn a blind eye to local residents crossing over to visit residents or do a little shopping. # " The soldiers tell us we can buy what we want but must not smuggle diesel fuel into Lebanon or guns into Syria, " says Ali, a portly figure in a white dishdash and red-and-white keffiyah wrapped around his head. Ali, who along with other residents did not want to be named, sat on a cushion on the floor of a large unfurnished room and chatted to several other elders who had gathered in his home. # They discussed the dramatic events of the previous night when Syrian troops had opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades just a few hundreds yards from their homes. # " The bullets were hitting our homes and we turned off the lights and hid on the floor, " says Ali. # He and his guests say that the gun battle was between Syrian troops and a group of Syrian diesel-fuel smugglers during which one of the gang members was
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nsfs2 and chatted to several other elders who had gathered in his home.
With certainly sounds more natural here. But then, I’m an AmE speaker.