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    Hello!

    I'm looking for help with the prepositions ''in'' and ''with''. I would like to understand the difference between them in sentences like the following:

    -''He smiled in/with joy'' In these cases, I've heard ''in'' being used, why?
    -''It glows in/with a blue color'' ?? Should it be ''in''? Or ''with'' ? Because I've heard ''He is glowing with rage''.

    The problem is that in spanish we often use ''con '' (with), but sometimes in english you need to use ''in'' (en), which is why I'm getting confused. Every piece of help would be much appreciated, all I would like to know is why I need to use ''in'' in certain cases and ''with'' in others.

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    Default Re: Help with prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by bleiva View Post
    Hello!

    I'm looking for help with the prepositions ''in'' and ''with''. I would like to understand the difference between them in sentences like the following:

    -''He smiled in/with joy'' In these cases, I've heard ''in'' being used, why?
    -''It glows in/with a blue color'' ?? Should it be ''in''? Or ''with'' ? Because I've heard ''He is glowing with rage''.

    The problem is that in spanish we often use ''con '' (with), but sometimes in english you need to use ''in'' (en), which is why I'm getting confused. Every piece of help would be much appreciated, all I would like to know is why I need to use ''in'' in certain cases and ''with'' in others.

    Thank you
    I wouldn't use "in" in those examples.

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    Default Re: Help with prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't use "in" in those examples.
    Okay, thank you :), but why exactly? I've heard sentences like ''smile in disbelief'', ''shake in fear'', are these wrong too? All I want to understand is why ''with'' is better than ''in'' when refering to emotions.

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    Default Re: Help with prepositions

    Bhai didn't say they were wrong. He expressed his preference. Those who prefer 'with' will make their point later.

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    Default Re: Help with prepositions

    ok! :)

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