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    Help!

    Miss White was very upset.... the news of her father's death.

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    Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by mta1513 View Post
    Miss White was very upset.... the news of her father's death.
    According to one excellent source on the Web, probably you could

    use either "at" or "by." Personally, I would use "by."

    Some people might even use "over."

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    Question Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    According to one excellent source on the Web, probably you could

    use either "at" or "by." Personally, I would use "by."

    Some people might even use "over."

    Could it be "because of" ?

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    Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Antou View Post
    Could it be "because of" ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Hopefully, a teacher will soon answer.

    (2) I do not want to give you a wrong answer, so I shall NOT answer

    YES or NO.

    (3) I will, however, report what I found on the Web.

    (a) About three years ago, a person named CJ at another helpline

    gave some advice. CJ has a reputation for understanding grammar

    very well. Here are some of his examples:


    (i) John's parents were upset because of the car accident.

    =

    They reacted by feeling sad when they heard the news.

    (ii) Karen felt crushed [super disappointed] because of her failure

    on the exam.

    = She reacted by feeling crushed when she heard the news.

    (iii) Henry felt saddened because of the death of his grandfather.

    =

    He reacted by feeling sad when he heard the news.

    *****

    Did you notice that CJ used because of the car accident/ her

    failure/ the death.


    Maybe (I do not know) CJ feels that one does not become

    upset because of "news."

    So maybe you could use "because of" this way:

    "She was upset because of her father's death."

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    If a teacher does not answer you within 24 hours, post this

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    teachers will give you the correct answer.

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    Smile Re: Help!

    Thank you very much :D

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    Re: Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by mta1513 View Post
    Miss White was very upset.... the news of her father's death.
    You could also use about; i.e., she was upset about the news.

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