- 1 Post By philo2009
with or by?
Dear native speakers,
In the following sentence isn't it better to use "by" instead of "with"? I saw this sentence in a book and since the sentence seems to be passive so I think that "by" is better than "with" to use!
"Within days, he is very despondent and so overcome with lethargy that he can't even get out of bed."
Re: with or by?
Although 'by' would be possible, 'with' is actually more idiomatic in this case, where 'overcome' is treated as an adjective rather than a past participle in a passive construction.
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